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Silver Creek Nursery

Salome Apple

Salome Apple

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. 

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

    Fruit Specs

    Recommended Use: Fresh eating

    Fruit Size: Medium-small

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

    Harvest: Early October

    Cider Class (if applicable):

    Growing Specs

    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.

    Flowering Time: Early

    Bloom Colour: White

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

    Sun/Shade Requirements:

    Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

    General Growth Habits:

    Moderately vigorous and very hardy, precocious, bears good crops. Resistant to scab.

    Shipping vs. Pick Up

    CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

    Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

    Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

    Size at Purchase

    Our grafted fruit trees are graded into three categories, and the size includes the rootstock:

    • 50-80cm whip: may have some minor branching, this grade is like a "b-grade" size tree in industry standards; we include in this price category trees that are over 1m but have some scarring or mild crookedness.
    • 1m+ whip: may have some minor branching, aka feathering. This is like a typical one-year whip in industry standards. 
    • 1m+ branched: these trees must be over a meter and have 3 or more branches 30cm or longer, as well as a central leader. They are essentially a two-year tree in industry standards. 
    • For stone fruits only - 1m+ whip/branched: We have combined these grades based on the way these trees grow and are grafted. Plums, apricots, cherries, and peaches naturally tend to grow more vigorously compared to apples and are more likely to form larger trees with more branches. However, we only chip bud them so they are a one-year old tree by industry standards. Apples and pears are partially bench grafted, and using the knip-boom method the grading becomes more complicated, hence the reason they are split into different grades.
    grafted tree grades at silver creek nursery
    Please keep in mind, bareroot trees appear small if you are unfamiliar with them. Size can vary year to year due to weather conditions and every single variety has a unique amount of vigor (some varieties naturally are smaller and some bigger, much like humans -and when you propagate hundreds of varieties, there certainly is variation). While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 
    Why plant small? It's best to transplant a tree when it's young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot trees tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted trees planted at the same time, after a few years.

    Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "to small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the trees are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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    Regular price $48.00 CAD
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