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.
This unique cultivar was discovered near Airlie, Oregon and was originally known as 'Airlie Red Flesh'. Thankfully, it was soon given the very apt and more appealing 'Hidden Rose' name. Indeed, by looking at the mid-sized cone-shaped apple, you would never guess that just below the glossy green-gold skin, it harbours an alluring, rosy-pink interior. Tom Burford describes it as 'juicy, crisp, sugary and richly flavoured.' It actually stores well too. So plant the tree for it's adorable pink blossoms–which rival any flowering crabapple–and get the fruit as a bonus.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER | ZONE 4 | HARVEST: MID OCT.