Developed by Freeman Howlett at the Ohio AES in 1944, the Melrose apple is the official state apple of Ohio. Its late harvest time makes this a good storing apple and is meant as a modern (at the time) dessert apple. It is a cross between the Red (Stark) Delicious and Jonathan apples.
This tree yields apples of dull copper red skin, which are firm, very juicy, and slightly tart. Its slightly pentagonal shape is evident when looking at the apple from above. The creamy, green-tinged flesh is firm and crisp with an excellent flavor and high quality fruit for dessert and cooking. One of the best keepers of all time, whose flavor improves in storage, Melrose reaches peak quality after 2-3 months.
USDA Zone: 4?-9
G.41: 12' of 50-55% of Standard; Dwarf
Bud-10: 10-12' or 40-45% of Standard; Dwarf (Ships Spring 2023)
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 4, Late Mid Season
Ripening Time: Early October