Red Gravenstein Apple
The Red Gravenstein apple is an apple cultivar that originated in the 17th century or earlier. The fruit has a tart flavor; in the Northern Hemisphere it is picked in July and August and is heavily used as a cooking apple, especially for apple sauce and apple cider. It does not keep well. The short stems and variable ripening times make harvesting and selling difficult.
Botanical name: Malus domestica
- Zone range: 4 - 8
- Size at maturity: 12 - 16' Tall X 12 - 16' Wide
- Harvest: September
- Sun level: Full sun
- Soil composition: Loamy
- Soil moisture: Well-drained
- Optimal soil pH: 6.0 - 7.0
- Years to bear: 2 - 5
Best pollinators: Golden Russet, McIntosh, William's Pride, Yellow Transparent, Pink Pearl
The Red Gravenstein apple is a triploid; it requires pollination from other trees, and is a poor pollinator of other apples.