Besides the Golden Delicious, we have Fuji, Gala, Arkansas Black, Honeycrisp and some now-forgotten variety, as well as another what-was-it variety that died. Last year was the first time we harvested apples, all from the Arkansas Black trees. Not much to crow about, but it was the first twenty or so apples we grew ourselves. It seems that the Arkansas Blacks may be the ONLY type of apple that we can get to grow around here. Why? Because of these stupid things:
|Cedar Apple Rust overwintering gall.|
|The rains come & it turns into this creepy|
looking mass of gelatinous tendrils.
|Cedar tree "decorated" with the Cedar Apple|
Rust globs. The trees have since been cut down
and burned, but the damage is already done.
And soon, they will die and fall off. Oh, there will be some replacement leaves growing back (which will probably also be infected), but there is no way that the tree can support itself with no leaves, let alone put on fruit.
The Arkansas Black trees seem to be resistant to the Cedar Apple Rust. Good thing too, otherwise we wouldn't have a single apple in our 10-apple-tree orchard.
|Arkansas Black apples from the Fall of 2014.|
No Cedar Apple Rust on any of the fruit or leaves.