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'BRAEBURN' Apple (Malus x domestica 'braeburn')

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This highly-flavored, late-season apple originated in New Zealand and is just making its way to the American orchard hobbyist. Braeburn’s excellent flavor is rich and aromatic. Medium-to-large fruit is oval in shape and has appetizing red and green bi-colored skin. The flesh is cream color, firm, very crisp and juicy. The tree is moderately vigorous and crops heavily once established. The first few years the tree will flower heavily, but not produce an abundance of fruit. Do not be discouraged as once this variety gets going, it will likely out-produce your other orchard stalwarts.

'Braeburn' is also one of the most important commercial apple varieties.  By the last decades of the 20th century it had been planted in all the major warm apple-growing regions of the world.  'Braeburn' accounts for 40% of the entire apple production of New Zealand.  Even in conservative Washington state, the most important apple-producing area of the USA, where 'Red Delicious' and 'Golden Delicious' have always held sway, 'Braeburn' is now in the top 5 varieties produced. 'Braeburn' is a relatively easy variety for the backyard orchardist. It likes a warm but not hot climate and can be grown successfully in most parts of the United States.

The first 'Braeburn' tree was discovered growing in New Zealand in the 1950s, and is named after Braeburn Orchards, where it was first grown commercially.  It is generally thought to be a seedling of a variety called 'Lady Hamilton'. When conditions are right there is no doubt that 'Braeburn' is a first-class dessert apple.  It easily outstrips its late 20th century peer group ('Golden Delicious', 'Granny Smith', 'Red Delicious') with a richness and complexity of flavor that they cannot match.  In fact, in many ways 'Braeburn' is now the benchmark apple variety against which all other commercial varieties should be ranked. It is crisp, without being hard, and very juicy. It snaps cleanly to the bite, and there is an immediate rush of strong apple flavors. The overall flavor is sharp and refreshing but with a good balance of sweetness and never sugary. There is occasionally a hint of pear; a characteristic which is more prominent in its offspring 'Jazz'. 'Braeburn' is at its best when cooled slightly below room temperature, and if you get a really good one it reminds you why you like eating apples.

Zones 5-8; Zone 9 with enough winter chill. Needs only 700 'chill hours'. Self-fertile, but fruits best with another pollinator variety.

Very late-season picking in late-October into early-November

Available in 7-gallon container 5'-7'.

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