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Description

Also called black gilliflower apple

A prized apple for baking and desserts! This tree bears large, uniquely oblong fruit with a deep, black-red skin when fully ripe. Flesh is crisp and white with a mildly sweet flavor and a pleasant aroma. Antique variety, originates from Connecticut, circa 18th century. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious or Pink Lady®.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest September To October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Pollination

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I live in zone 9B which has very few apple trees recommended and I like a large variety. I figured a zone 8 is the next closest possible option. The next criteria is a dwarf. I don't want to trim it much and prefer to have 2 smaller trees than 1 large one in my urban backyard.
Lastly, it is crisp with a mild flavor that when baked changes to a buttery flavor with hints of caramel. Who would not want an apple like that?
M M on May 28, 2019
Like the way they sound
Holly S on Apr 9, 2019
I live in zone 9B which has very few apple trees recommended and I like a large variety. I figured a zone 8 is the next closest possible option. The next criteria is a dwarf. I don't want to trim it much and prefer to have 2 smaller trees than 1 large one in my urban backyard.
Lastly, it is crisp with a mild flavor that when baked changes to a buttery flavor with hints of caramel. Who would not want an apple like that?
M M on May 28, 2019
I'm planting an heirloom apple orchard and liked the description of this one.
stephanie d on Apr 15, 2019
Like the way they sound
Holly S on Apr 9, 2019
Never tried this and it looks tasty.
Niki M on Mar 22, 2019
Great old-time apple.
Jerry B on Jun 3, 2017
How could you not like an apple named after a sheep's nose! Daddy said it was a good tasting apple
JADA U on Feb 18, 2017
Tartest apple I know. More apple taste less sugar taste
Anthony Y on Apr 28, 2016
My husband talked about this apple for years as a fond memory, wanted to plant it in memorial to him
Patricia B on Apr 24, 2016
I'm planting an heirloom apple orchard and liked the description of this one.
stephanie d on Apr 15, 2019
Never tried this and it looks tasty.
Niki M on Mar 22, 2019

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Pick at the proper time
Sheepnose or Black Gilliflower is great when picked at just the right time. If left on the tree too late, they become dry. We use it for general purposes; pies, eating fresh, and adding to cider blends. In my experience this apple shows good disease resistance.
May 30, 2016