The fruit are quite attractive - bright red and medium in size, but that is the red flesh and white core are quite remarkable when bitten into. The flavour is sweet and the tree crops heavily. Like its parent, the Huonville Crab, it has purple/ green leaves and stem. Quite remarkable.
This apple is the result of my fathers' efforts into apple breeding. After planting hundreds of seeds left-over from pressing and juicing Huonville Crab apples, he grafted what grew onto some roostocks to make them bear earlier. The result was quite mixed and mostly unexciting, except for this one. Larger than its parent, the Summer surprise retains the pink flesh apart from some white around the core. The flavour has even less crab apple than its parent, the Huonville crab and is sweeter. Makes pink juice and pink cider!
Read more about it in this article.
"Note that this variety is protected by PBR (Plant Breeders Rights) and by purchasing this plant you agree to not propagate or distribute any propagation material from this variety in any way"
As we grow it on other rootstocks, be sure that you want it as a Step-over.
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|Ripening Time||February - March|
|Fertility||Needs a pollinator (produces viable pollen)|
|Growth Habit||Can be espaliered as a step-over and kept to 0.5m -1m. Free standing tree grows to around 1 -1.5m tall.|
|Chill Tolerance||Normal chill|
|Plant Sizes||Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted|
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