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Research & Fact Sheets - Apple Variety Testing at Highmoor Farm

HIGHMOOR FARM is UMaine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s fruit and vegetable research facility in Monmouth. Our goal is to conduct applied research for the fruit and vegetable farmers of Maine and provide educational resources for Maine agriculture to remain competitive.

At Highmoor Farm researchers routinely evaluate apple, berry, and vegetable varieties for important horticultural traits and for disease resistance. Some of the better apple varieties are shown here with the parentage listed in parentheses. If parentage is unknown, it is listed as a chance seedling.

If you would like to learn more about apple production and growing apple trees in Maine, visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Highmoor Farm website, http://extension.umaine.edu/highmoor/. For more information about the college’s research farms visit the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station website umaine.edu/mafes/research-farms-gardens-greenhouses/.


Un-named Selection
From British Columbia.
Sweet flavor and firm texture. Ripens in late October.
Gingergold
(chance seedling)
Sweet-tasting apple from Virginia. Ripens in early September.
Brock
(Golden Delicious X McIntosh)
Bred at the University of Maine.
Sweet and juicy. Ripens in early October.
Honeycrisp
(unknown parentage)
Bred at the University of Minnesota.
Very crisp and tasty with a bright red color. Ripens in late September.
Creston
(Golden Delicious and NJ 381049)
From Summerland, British Columbia. Large apple with sweet flavor. Bicolored mottled red and golden skin. Ripens in mid-October.
Shizuka
(Golden Delicious X Indo)
Large, golden apple from Japan.
Sweet in flavor with a crisp texture. Ripens in mid-October.
Enterprise
(PRI 1661 X PRI 1661-1)
Large, dark purple with a very tart flavor and dense texture. Disease resistant. Ripens in mid-October.
Snow Sweet
(Sharon X Connell Red)
Bred at the University of Minnesota. Large red apple with a pleasing sweet flavor. Ripens in mid-October.
Fortune
(Red Spy X Empire)
From Cornell University. Large and dark purple. Ripens in late October.
Zestar!
(State Fair X MN 1691)
Bred at the University of Minnesota. Large, tart apple. Ripens in early September.

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Image Description: Apple tree at Highmoor Farm; photo by Edwin Remsberg

Image Description: Un-named apple variety

Image Description: apple, variety Gingergold

Image Description: apple variety Brock

Image Description: apple, variety Honeycrisp

Image Description: apple, Creston variety

Image Description: apple, variety Shizuka

Image Description: apple, variety Enterprise

Image Description: apple, variety Snow Sweet

Image Description: apple, variety Fortune

Image Description: apple, variety Zestar!

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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension at Highmoor Farm
52 U.S. Route 202
Monmouth, Maine 04259-0179
Phone: 207.933.2100
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System