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Salome Apple
Salome Apple
Salome Apple

Salome Apple

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History: Salome has a strangely sad origin for an apple. It was a seedling planted at a nursery in Ottawa, Illinois likely around 1853 that was left growing in a thicket when the owner of the nursery died and the property was abandoned. The nursery was then purchased by E.C. Hathaway who, when clearing the thicket in 1869, found the tree growing. The tree was accidentally cut down but was propagated the following year when it sent up vigorous sprouts in response to the damage. Hathaway noted the excellent nature of the fruit and showcased the variety at a local horticultural show in 1872 and then again at the Illinois State Horticultural Society in 1878. At this time it had been given the name 'Salome,' named after his mother. In 1883, Hathaway sold his Salome trees to nurseryman Arthur Bryant of Princeton, Illinois, who introduced the apple to the public in 1884. Although noted as a generally great apple, it never reached commercial success due to the fruit's smaller size and lackluster colouration.

Why We Grow It: Despite it's small size and unassuming yellowish skin with a pale red blush, Salome is an otherwise great apple that has sadly been overlooked. It is crisp and juicy with a sweet, fruity flavour. On top of that, the fruit stores well, the tree grows fairly quickly, is quite hardy, resists Apple Scab, and bears a lot of fruit starting at a young age. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5, but could be hardier

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions.

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous and very hardy, precocious, bears good crops. Resistant to scab.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Early

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Early October

Storage: Keeps until January when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100-200cm
  • 1m+ Branched: 100cm+ with at least three branches 30cm+
  • 50-80cm Whip: 50-80cm

The photos are courtesy of John Enright, many thanks!!

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