William's Pride Apple
First developed at Purdue University Breeding Program in the 1970s and released to the public in 1988, the PRI2845-1 apple is another excellent example of that programs Disease Resistance Breeding Program. Crossed from PRI 1018-101 and NJ 50 and fortunately renamed Williams Pride after Edwin B. Williams- long time leader and professor emeritus of the breeding program.
The apple is medium sized and flushes to a deep red color in late summer. Bred to be a disease resistant, early dessert apple. It is ready to harvest a full 8 weeks before the Delicious varieties. It white flesh is very firm and crispy and the apple stores well- unusual traits for an early apple. It is primarily eaten off the tree and used in desserts.
USDA Zone: 4-9
B.9: 8-10' or 35-40% of Standard; Dwarf
B.118: 18-20' or 85% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf (Ships Spring 2023)
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 2, Early Mid Season
Ripening Time: Early- Mid August