An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
In spite of it's name, this heirloom variety actually originated in Maine and was saved from extinction by John Bunker of Fedco Nursery. Here is how John describes this rare find: 'Beautiful, superb tasting dessert apple. Surprisingly juicy, distinctly tart, full-flavoured, medium-to-large, round conic fruit. Rich buttery-yellow skin overspread with a veil of vibrant red-orange. Very good early season cider.' Canadian Strawberry tops taste test trials on a regular basis. Plant with several other varieties as it is a triploid.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER | ZONE 4 | HARVEST: LATE SEPT.
TRIPLOID- Plant with several other varieties.