Baldwin Apple Tree

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About the Baldwin Apple Tree

The Baldwin Apple Tree, an American heirloom variety with roots tracing back to Massachusetts circa 1750, embodies the essence of traditional apple cultivation. This vigorous tree boasts large, round fruit with striking red-and-green skin and creamy flesh, perfect for a wide range of culinary applications.

Going by many names like Calville Butter, Felch, Late Baldwin, Pecker, Red Baldwin Pippin, Steele’s Red Winter, Woodpecker, and more, the Baldwin Apple has left a lasting impression in apple history. Recognized for its enduring legacy, this tree remains a symbol of American apple heritage, offering not just fruit but a piece of historical agricultural excellence to orchards and enthusiasts alike.

Characteristics and Usage of the Fruit

Renowned for its versatility, the Baldwin apple is ideal for fresh-eating, juicing, and various culinary uses. The fruit’s tough, smooth bright red skin adorned with flecks or dots of gray or whitish hue encases crisp, firm, juicy, and aromatic yellowish-white flesh. Its excellence extends to cider production, making it a reliable choice for cider aficionados. Notably, the Baldwin apple stores exceptionally well under optimal conditions, maintaining its quality over extended periods.

Growth and Harvest

The Baldwin Apple Tree, a medium-large winter apple, requires timely pruning and thinning for regular yearly bearing, known for its abundant production at maturity. Originating from Lowell, MA, around 1740, this hardy tree stands strong in Zone 4 climates. It exhibits a tendency to produce heavily biennially, often alternating between heavy yields and minimal to no bearing on alternate years due to being triploid and pollen sterile. A crucial aspect of cultivation involves choosing another apple variety as a pollinator due to its inability to pollinate other apple tree.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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