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The apple is classed with a natural group of plants in which the fruit is more or less fleshy and contains seed cells enclosed by either bony or parchment-like carpels. Some botanists still hold to the older classification in which this group of plants is included in the great order Rosacae under the suborder Pome, but there is a tendency among modern botanists to raise the group to the rank of an order under the name Pomacæ. In this suborder or order, whichever it may be called, there are several genera. One includes the mountain ashes, one the Juneberries, one the hawthorns, one the quinces, and one the pears, apples and crabapples. This last genus botanists have called Pyrus. Within this genus there are many species of apples and crabapples, most of which are native to the old world. Sargent, from whom the three following descriptions are largely derived, recognizes in the apples which are indigenous to North America the three species named below.1
[Things changed after this was written. Today, roughly the genus Pyrus denotes pears and Malus is for apples and crabapples. -ASC]


1. Pyrus coronaria L., the fragrant crab, which is found in glades from Canada, Western New York and the shores of Lake Erie southward along the mountains to Alabama and westward to the Missouri valley and Texas. The flowers are large, showy, on slender pedicels, white or rose-colored and delightfully fragrant. Leaves ovate to triangular ovate and often three lobed. The fruit may reach a diameter of one and one- half inches. The calyx is persistent. The skin, which is green or becomes yellowish, is waxy and has a peculiar aroma. The fruit ripens late, is sour and almost bitter but has long been valued for making preserves. No varieties of this species are cultivated for the fruit.
   In the prairie states this species runs into the variety iowensis Wood, which some regard as a distinct species. There are known in cultivation hybrids between this and the common apple as we shall see later. The fruit of iowensis sometimes reaches a diameter of two inches.

2. Pyrus angustifolia Ait., the native crabapple of the southern states, is much like P. coronaria except that its leaves are not lobed but are lanceolate oblong and acute at the base. The flowers are white or rose- pink and very fragrant; calyx persistent; fruit about one inch in diameter, pale green or yellowish, ripens in winter and is then very fragrant but austere. The fruit is used for preserves but no variety of this species is cultivated for its fruit. The species is found from Southwestern Pennsylvania to Florida and west to Tennessee and Louisiana.

3. Pyrus rivularis Doug., the Oregon crabapple, has rather small white flowers, and the calyx lobes become deciduous from the mature fruits. The fruit is about three-fourths of an inch long, oblong, yellowish or blushed, and ripens in autumn. It is used by the Indians. No variety of this species is cultivated for its fruit. This species ranges from Northern California northward along the coast to the Aleutian Islands.


Craig and Hume describe four hybrids between the common apple and P. iowensis, or other indigenous American crabapples, which hybrids are cultivated for their fruit in some locations in the Mississippi valley. These are Soulard, Howard (or Hamilton), Mercer (or Fluke) and Kentucky Mammoth (or Mathews). The fruits of these hybrids are fit only for culinary uses or for cider. They vary in size from medium to large for a crabapple, are green or yellowish and ripen in winter. These hybrids are valued chiefly where superior hardiness is a prime requisite in a variety, but they are practically unknown and unsought in New York state because there are other kinds which are more valuable here.


Ornamentals. Several species of apples or crabapples which are indigenous to the old world are grown in this country for ornamental purposes only, as, for example, the flowering crabs and flowering apples from China and Japan. But we are now particularly concerned with those species which have been brought from the old world to be cultivated here for their fruit, as shown in the common apple and common crabapple.

The Common Apple. The apples which are grown here for their fruit mostly belong to the species which Linnæus called Malus. He placed it in the same genus as the pear and thus its botanical name became Pyrus malus L. Recently Britton has separated it from the pear genus on the ground that it has flesh free from grit cells. He makes its botanical class Malus malus (L.) Britton.3 This species is particularly characterized by simple, soft leaves: flowers white or partly tinged with deep rose-pink, short-stemmed and borne in a simple umbel; fruit depressed at both ends; calyx persistent. The under side of the young leaves, the young twigs, the buds, calyx lobes and young fruits are commonly fuzzy.
This species is very variable. Under cultivation it has developed innumerable varieties as will be noticed farther on. Some varieties which because their fruit is large are called apples doubtless are hybrids between this species and the one next described.

The Common Crabapple. The crabapples which we cultivate for their fruit are for the most part hybrids between the apple P. malus, and the primitive Siberian crab, or berry crab, called by Linnæus Pyrus baccata.
   This species, baccata, in its pure forms is readily distinguished from the apple, P. malus. The calyx is eventually deciduous, instead of persistent. The leaves are firm, smooth, bright green and are borne on long, slender, hard leaf-stalks. The twigs are smooth and slender. The ripe fruit is brilliant in color, red or yellow, does not get mellow, varies from three-eighths to three-fourths of an inch in diameter and is borne on long slender stalks. The flowers are large and usually pure white. In some of the hybrids, as, for example, Martha and Currant, the calyx is on some fruits deciduous, or partly so, while on other fruits borne on the same tree the entire calyx may be persistent; also the fruit is large and it is clear that other characters which they show are derived wholly or in part from either baccata on the one hand or from malus on the other.4
It is well to remark that the name crabapple is not applied exclusively to the Siberian crabs and their hybrids but is popularly used to designate indiscriminately small apples whether of the malus species or of some other species, but the term Siberian crab is properly used to indicate the baccata species and its kin.5


The original home of the apple, P. malus, is not definitely known, After examining the evidence carefully A. DeCandolle came to the conclusion that it is most indigenous to the region south of the Caucasus, from the Persian province Ghilan on the Caspian to Trebizond on the Black Sea, and that from prehistoric times it has existed in Europe, both wild and cultivated, over an area extending from the Caspian Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, except in the extreme north.6 He cites it as being found wild in the mountains of Northwest India, but not in Japan, Mongolia or Siberia.
Marlatt says, “The apple industry in Japan is of recent origin, say within the last thirty or forty years. * * * The varieties are our varieties and have been imported from America with the exception of some few European sorts. * * * Prior to the introduction of this fruit from America it was unknown in Japan, the native apple of Japan being a crab, grown more for ornament than for fruit, and a very rare tree, unknown to most Japanese.” From the reports of Marlatt and others it appears doubtful whether the Chinese knew this species until cultivated varieties of it were introduced among them from Europe and America, It appears that the native apple of North China is quite different from our common apple, P. malus, but rather like what we call “crabapples.””
Evidently the Siberian crabapple, P. baccata, had its origin farther north and east than P. malus. Bailey cites its habitat as Siberia to Manchuria and the Himalayan region.”9


The principal native fruits of New York, in addition to the wild crab already noticed, are the wild strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, dewberries, blackberries, elderberries, cranberries, high-bush cranberries, huckleberries, blueberries, the beach plum along the seacoast, the wild red or Canada plum of the St. Lawrence valley, the wild red or yellow plum of Central and Southern New York, the fox grape in eastern and southeastern parts of the state, the summer grape in the southern counties, and the river-bank or frost grape of general distribution. Improved varieties of the native grapes and of many of the small fruits are now extensively grown both for home use and for market, but so far as New York state is concerned this does not hold true for any of the orchard fruits. Some of the native plums are cultivated in the northern counties to a very limited extent, but, generally speaking, New York orchard fruits are all of old world species.

Introduction of the Apple.  In view of the primitive character of our native fruits, it was but natural that the Europeans when they began to form settlements on this continent should bring their favorite fruits with them from the old world. This they did. Some few brought trees or scions of choice varieties, but more followed the less expensive plan of bringing seeds of selected fruits to plant about their new homes in America, just as their descendants till recent times have continued to do when leaving the older settlements of the East to take up pioneer life along the frontier of civilization.
The introduction of the apple into New York along with other old world fruits was thus begun nearly three hundred years ago. In the following years, at one time or another, very many of the cultivated varieties of apples of Western Europe were brought here, and this importation has been kept up with each succeeding generation till the present time. In the earliest settlements doubtless the varieties which were first brought into New York were mostly from Holland. Later some came from Germany, France, and other continental countries, and many from the British Isles, either directly or through neighboring colonies.

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The Early Dissemination of the Apple. When once the apple was introduced its dissemination kept pace with the progress of the settlement of the country. In fact, it was carried by Indians, traders and white missionaries far into the wilderness beyond the outermost white settlements. Reports of General Sullivan's expedition, in 1779, against the Cayugas and Senecas, in describing the Indian villages which were then destroyed, make frequent mention of peach and apple orchards that were found bending with fruit. Within sight of the Geneva Experiment Station are two very old Indian apple trees, the only ones in this vicinity now left out of many hundreds which the Indians were growing in the clearings about their town of Kanadesaga, which was located here. The illustration, Fig. 1, shows the present appearance of one of the trees. Both bear winter fruit of medium size. The fruit of one is very good for cooking, that of the other is pleasant flavored, subacid and very good for eating. Neither has been propagated. These trees are interesting as types of the seedling apples which were most common around the homes of the early settlers, and also to some extent in the Indian villages.

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The Apple now Grows Wild in New York. The apple now grows wild in various parts of New York state. It is notably abundant along fence rows and in hill pastures in some places in Southern and Southeastern New York and on the Onondaga limestone formation in Onondaga and Madison counties. Fig. 2 shows the fruit of several wild apples which were found in a hill pasture near Chittenango in Madison county. Some of these are superior to many of the named and cultivated sorts, being more attractive, larger and of better quality.
The Siberian crab has not, to my knowledge, ever been found growing spontaneously either in New York or in any other part of this continent.

Primitive Orchards. As the early settlements gradually extended back from the Atlantic coast region the pioneers who overspread the interior of New York, hewing farms out of the forests, planted around their new homes apple seeds brought from the older settlements or from Europe. It is commonly known that the cultivated varieties of the apple seldom, if ever, reproduce true from seed. For example, seedlings of large apples may bear very small fruit, seedlings of red apples may bear green or yellow fruit, seedlings of sour apples may bear sweet fruit. In fact, not often does the fruit of a seedling apple resemble the fruit of the parent closely enough to indicate its parentage clearly. The exceptions to this general statement will be considered later. It appears at first thought that it would be better for the fruit grower if the different kinds of apples came true from seed, as garden vegetables do. Then he could supply himself with as many trees of a kind as he liked by simply growing seedlings of that kind instead of propagating the variety by budding or grafting, as is now done. But from another point of view the great variability of the apple seedlings is a most valuable feature. It has made possible more rapid progress than could otherwise have been made in developing varieties especially well adapted to succeed in the new world. Large numbers of European apples have been tried in America, but the great majority have failed to maintain themselves alongside of American varieties, and soon have been discarded from American orchards and nurseries. But among the innumerable seedlings of infinite variety which have been grown on this continent during the last three hundred years certain ones have been found from time to time that succeed better in this country than those kinds do which have been brought in from Europe. So also in the region west of the Great Lakes the varieties which are succeeding best are selections from seedlings which have been originated in that region. This is in accordance with what appears to be a general rule, that the varieties originating in any section, probably because they have been selected on account of their capacity to fit the conditions, gradually supersede those brought in from outside. This holds true with regard to different sections of this country, and, as we shall see later, even of different regions within New York state.
The fruit from the seedling trees would now be called “natural” or “seedling” fruit in distinction from grafted fruit; in the early days, however, and even within the last half century, the fruit of these seedling apples was also called “common” fruit, a designation which might have arisen because of the abundance of such trees at that time. Such apples were then used chiefly for feeding to stock and for cider-making, being on that account often called cider apples. The surplus, if there were any, was usually allowed to rot because there was no profitable way of disposing of it.
In many parts of New York, especially in the eastern two-thirds of the state, there are still seen portions of the primitive seedling orchards varying in age from fifty to one hundred years, or possibly more. The old trees, having outlived their companions, stand as silent reminders of the days of the stage-coach, the hand-loom, the spinning-wheel, and the paring-bee, and of the time when the farmer generally considered his winter supplies incomplete unless there were several barrels of cider stored in the cellar.


Mixed Orchards. It is pretty certain that grafted fruit was known in the earliest orchards to a limited extent only. In an appendix to Cobbett’s American edition of Forsyth’s Fruit Trees, published in Albany, 1803, there is a communication from a member of the State Agricultural Society, Peter W. Yates, in which he remarks concerning the practice of grafting and budding (inoculating) in America:
“The practice of grafting and inoculating in America is but of modern date. It was introduced by Mr. Prince, a native of New York, who erected a nursery in its neighborhood about forty years ago. But since the late American revolution others have been instituted in this and some other parts of the United States. Mr. Livingston has lately established one, not far from the city of New York, which can vie with some of the most celebrated ones in Europe. May he, and others who have undertaken that useful branch of business, meet with encouragement and success.”
Although his idea that grafting and budding were introduced in America by Mr. Prince is based upon a misapprehension of the facts, Mr. Yates’ statements are of interest because they tend to show that prior to the Revolutionary war the planting of orchards with grafted trees from the nursery was not common in. the vicinity of Albany, one of the oldest settlements in the state. But there is reliable evidence that grafting was practiced to some extent by American colonists long before the establishment of the Prince nurseries at Flushing, Long Island. Taylor says:
“Certain it is that in 1647 the apple is recorded as grafted upon wild stocks in Virginia; while in 1686 William Fitzhugh, in describing his own plantation, mentions ‘a large orchard of about 2,500 apple trees, most grafted, well fenced with a locust fence.’ By the close of the seventeenth century there were few plantations in Virginia without orchards of apple, peach, pear, plum, apricot and quince. * * * Frequent importations of seeds, scions and grafted trees, together with propagation of those already noticed, both by seeds and grafts, brought the orchards of New England up to such point that Dudley, in 1726, stated in a paper in the Philosophical Transactions, “our apples are without doubt as good as those of England, and much fairer to look to, and so are the pears, but we have not got all the sorts. * * * Our people of late years have run so much upon orchards that in a village near Boston, consisting of about forty families, they made near ten thousand barrels (of cider).
“Perhaps the earliest recorded grafted tree brought from Europe (that of Governor Endicott is stated to have been a seedling) was the Summer Bonchretien, planted by Governor Stuyvesant, in 1647, in New Amsterdam. It is said to have been brought from Holland, and its trunk remained standing on the corner of Third avenue and Thirteenth street, New York city, until 1866, when it was broken down by a dray. Many of the earliest introductions of named varieties of the pear, including White Doyenne, St. Germain, Brown Beurre, Virgouleuse, etc., were made by the French Huguenots, who settled about Boston and New York shortly after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.”
It was at Flushing, Long Island, in one of these Huguenot settlements, that the Prince nurseries above referred to were established, about 1730. Near here the famous Newtown Pippin originated.
While grafted fruit was certainly known in some orchards of the early settlers and sometimes an entire orchard was planted with grafted nursery trees, yet, taking the state as a whole, in the earlier days more often the orchards were of seedling trees, with only a portion of them top-worked to improved kinds, and so the ordinary farm orchard was made up partly of “common” or of “cider” apples and partly of grafted fruit. A great diversity of varieties of grafted fruit was usually included in this class of orchards, because the object was to furnish the home with fruit from the first of the season through the autumn, winter and the spring, and even till early summer. Transportation facilities being crude, there was little encouragement for shipping apples to distant markets. When the farmer went to town he would often take with him a few bushels of apples, to offer in trade for articles which he wished to purchase. The other ways of disposing of surplus apples were in the manufacture of cider, boiled cider, and vinegar, or in drying the fruit. For the latter operation the kitchen stove was usually surrounded with festoons of quartered fruit which had been patiently strung on tow strings, or the prepared fruit was spread on racks above or on papers beneath the stove.

Commercial Orchards. The development of domestic and foreign commerce in apples and apple products, such as dried apples, cider, apple brandy and vinegar, naturally first assumed importance in New York in the vicinity of New York city because this was the metropolis and a seaport. Speaking of the beginning of the foreign trade of this country in fruits Taylor remarks: "Trade in this fruit with the West Indies probably developed early in the eighteenth century, though we have no record of shipments till 1741, when it is stated apples were exported from New England to the West Indies in considerable abundance. No transatlantic shipment has been disclosed earlier than that of a package of Newtown Pippins of the crop of 1758 sent to Benjamin Franklin while in London. The sight and taste of these brought to John Bartram, of Philadelphia, an order for grafts of the variety from Franklin’s friend Collinson, who said of the fruit he ate: ‘What comes from you are delicious fruit—if our sun will ripen them to such perfection.’ Subsequently a considerable trade must have resulted, for in 1773 it was stated by the younger Collinson, that while the English apple crop had failed that year, American apples had been found an admirable substitute, some of the merchants having imported great quantities of them. * * * Statistics on the subject are lacking until 1821, when the total export of fruit included in the treasury statement consisted of 68,443 bushels of apples, valued at $39,966.”
It was not till after the first quarter of the nineteenth century had passed that commercial apple culture began to be developed in New York to any considerable extent above the southern part of the Hudson valley.
According to Mr. W. D. Barns of Middlehope, the planting of commercial apple orchards did not receive much attention in Ulster county till 1820 to 1825, although Robert Pell of Esopus had about 20 acres of bearing Newtown Pippin trees from which he exported fruit as early as from 1825 to 1830. Along the Hudson where the fruit could be easily transported to New York city by boat the trade included a large number of summer and fall apples as well as winter varieties. They were shipped, says Mr. Barns, in straw-head barrels. Some were contracted for by dealers in New York and some were sold by the captain of the steamboat that carried them to the city. The prices were $1 to $1.50 per barrel, barrel returned. Among the favorite early kinds were Summer Pippin (also called Sour Bough, Champlain and Nyack Pippin), Spice Sweet and Jersey Sweet.
Mr. P. C. Reynolds of Rochester removed in 1836 from the northeast part of Dutchess county to northern Ontario county near Palmyra. He states that in 1830 on their Dutchess county farm were two orchards. The older was planted about 1775 and contained nothing but “natural” or seedling trees. In the younger orchard about 5 per cent were grafted trees. Among the seedlings were some excellent apples. The grafted varieties were Yellow Harvest, Bough Sweet, Fall Pippin, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Black Gilliflower, Rhode Island Greening and Esopus Spitzenburg. The Baldwin was not known there. That portion of the fruit not used by the family was either fed to farm animals or made into cider. There were some large orchards in the neighborhood inside of which no animals were permitted. The fruit of these trees was used for making cider brandy, otherwise called “apple-jack.” In that form it became an article of commerce.
This is an interesting account and typical of the orchard conditions in that part of the state in the first quarter of the last century. The view which Mr. Reynolds gives of apple orcharding in northern Ontario county in 1836 is equally interesting because it is typical of the apple orcharding of that time in what is now an important apple-growing region of New York.
He says their farm in Ontario county in 1836 had two orchards with about 10 per cent of the trees bearing grafted fruit. A few more varieties were grafted in but no Baldwins. No apples were sold from these orchards till 1843 when some commission men from Palmyra bought the grafted fruit for a New York firm paying about 75 cents per barrel for the fruit, finding the barrels. The fruit was shipped by the Erie Canal. In 1848 he began to graft the seedling trees in one orchard to varieties that were being recommended by Barry, Thomas and Downing and included Northern Spy, Baldwin, Detroit Red, Gravenstein, Porter, Peck Pleasant and a number of other sorts.

Development of Nurseries. Concerning the Prince nursery above mentioned, L. B. Prince says:
“The nursery, which was perhaps the first large commercial one in America, was established about 1730 by Robert Prince. The Huguenots who settled at New Rochelle and on the north shore of Long Island brought with them a variety of French fruits, and the interest thus created in horticulture resulted in the establishment of this first nursery. For a number of years attention was confined chiefly to the fruit trees with which to stock the new country, and it was only when more settled conditions came that the culture of ornamental trees and shrubs was introduced. * * * The catalogues from 1815 to 1850 ranked among the standard horticultural publications of the country. * * * The catalogue of 1845 which enumerates only the best varieties, contains 350 varieties of apples.”
At about the middle of the last century the nursery trade began to be more active. Instead of planting seedling orchards, it became a common practice to plant orchards with grafted trees from the nurseries. Large nurseries became more numerous, especially in the interior of the state, where Rochester, Geneva, Dansville and some other places became quite important centers of the nursery trade.

Development of Commercial Orchards. As transportation facilities gradually improved by the opening of canals and railways the farmers in many interior localities found that they could send their fruit to other than local markets and receive profitable returns. Accordingly commercial orcharding began to attract attention, especially in regions which were found to be naturally favorable to the production of good apples. From 1850 to 1860 the number of commercial orchards which were planted increased rapidly, particularly in Western New York, and continued to increase thereafter till commercial apple orcharding assumed the important place which it now holds in the horticultural interests of the state.
   With the development of the commercial apple interests the losses from the depredations of the codlin moth and other insects, also from the apple scab and other fungous diseases, became relatively more important. Commonly the causes of the losses which were sustained were not very well understood, and in those cases that were understood there appeared no practical remedy. Because of these and other difficulties which faced them some orchardists eventually became so discouraged at the outlook that in the decade from 1880 to 1890 they began to cut down their commercial apple orchards. The practical use in the apple orchard of paris green and other arsenical poisons against the codlin moth, the canker worm and other leaf-eating insects originated for the most part in Western New York in the decade from 1870 to 1880. The use of fungicidal sprays was introduced in the decade from 1885 to 1895. The demonstration that by combined treatment with fungicides and insecticides some of the most destructive enemies of the apple might be profitably kept under control put the business of growing apples upon a more stable basis than ever before. In the decade from 1890 to 1900 notable improvements in the methods of orchard management in matters of tillage and cover crops came into vogue among progressive commercial orchardists. During the same period the facilities for holding apples both in common storage and in cold storage were greatly increased. The export trade developed more extensively, giving steadier markets for the better grades of fresh fruit and also of evaporated apples, and the business of canning apples assumed considerable importance.
On the whole the industry of growing apples rests now on a more stable and satisfactory basis than at any previous period in its history.

Lists 1845-1903. The 1845 catalogue of the Prince nursery, as noted above, which claimed to enumerate only the best varieties, contains 350 varieties of the apple. At that time the Baldwin was but little known in New York state, although in the vicinity of Boston it was already highly esteemed as a market apple.17 In 1845 A. J. Downing made the first attempt to list all of the varieties of apples known in cultivation in America in his work entitled “ The Fruits and Fruit-trees of America.” This was revised the second time by his brother Charles Downing in 1869. Bailey finds that in these two lists there are 1,856 varieties named, of which the origin of 172 is not known, 585 are of foreign origin, and 1,099 are American varieties.
Taylor reports that the 1852 list of the American Pomological Society consists of 32 varieties, all but one of which, White Seek-No-Further, are still propagated by nurserymen. The list is here given.
“Fruits Worthy of General Cultivation”: American Summer Pearmain (Summer Pearmain), Baldwin, Bullock’s Pippin, Danvers Winter Sweet, Early Harvest, Early Strawberry, Fall Pippin, Fameuse, Gravenstein, Hubbardston Nonsuch, Large Yellow Bough (Sweet Bough), Lady Apple, Porter, Red Astrachan, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russet, Summer Rose, Swaar, Vandervere (Newtown Spitzenburg), White Seek-No-Further, Wine Apple or Hays, Winesap—(twenty-two varieties). “For Particular Localities”: Canada Red, Esopus Spitzenburg, Newtown Pippin, Northern Spy, Yellow Belle Fleur—(five varieties). “New Varieties Which PROMISE Well”: Autumn Bough, Hawley, Melon, Mother, Northern Spy (repeated), Smokehouse—(six varieties). Total 32 varieties.
Additions to this list made from 1852 to 1891 brought the number of names up to 435 of which “22 were synonyms of others so that but 413 presumably distinct varieties” had then been listed. Many of these had been rejected so that the list of 1891 contained “ 339 names, of which at least two are recognized synonyms.”
This Society’s list for 1901 consists of 296 names.
In 1883 Barry made a descriptive list, the main object of which was “to bring to the notice of cultivators the best varieties, those which ample experience has proved to be really valuable, or which upon a partial trial give strong indications of becoming so.” The list includes 29 summer apples, 32 fall apples, 102 winter apples, and 21 crabapples.
The first edition of Thomas’ Fruit Culturist was written in 1844, and subsequently much enlarged through several revised editions. The lists of apples published in the twenty-first edition, 1903, include 954 varieties.
The number of named varieties of the apple now runs into the thousands. Gregory states that about 1,200 varieties of apples were planted in an orchard of the University of Illinois in 1869. Bailey asserts that the varieties of apple trees on sale in the United States in any one year are not far from 1000 kinds. His inventory of the apples sold by nurserymen in 1892 includes 878 entries.

The Old-time Grafted Fruit. As has already been noticed, some of the European settlers brought with them, or afterwards imported, scions or trees of the apples cultivated in Europe. A few nurseries were established at an early day in which these European kinds were propagated. Gradually American varieties found their way into grafted orchards and into nurseries and gained the preeminence which as a class they continue to hold. Among the varieties originating on Long Island or in the Hudson valley, or brought into the state from New England or New Jersey, which were being grafted into the farm orchards in the older settled parts of the state a century or more ago were Green Newtown, Yellow Newtown (the two being often referred to indiscriminately as the Newtown), Swaar, Esopus Spitzenburg, Fall Pippin, Bough Sweet (also called Large Yellow Bough), Yellow Bellflower, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Rhode Island Greening, Tolman Sweet, Pumpkin Sweet (often called Pound Sweet), and Roxbury Russet. Besides some of these, the Fameuse or Snow was also grown in the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys, having been introduced from Canada.
Warder states that grafts taken from the orchard of Israel Putnam, of wolf-killing memory, in Pomfret, Conn., were set in an apple nursery at Marietta, Ohio, by W. Rufus Putnam in 1796, and most of the early orchards of that region were planted from this nursery. He cites the following authentic list of the varieties propagated as given in the Ohio Cultivator, Aug. 1, 1846:
  1. Putnam Russet (Roxbury Russet)
  2. Seek-No-Further (Westfield)
  3. Early Chandler
  4. Gilliflower
  5. Pound Royal (Lowell)
  6. Natural (a seedling)
  7. Rhode Island Greening
  8. Yellow Greening
  9. Golden Pippin
  10. Long Island Pippin
  11. Tallman Sweeting
  12. Striped Sweeting
  13. Honey Greening
  14. Kent Pippin
  15. Cooper
  16. Striped Gilliflower
  17. Black Gillilflower
  18. Prolific Beauty [which could be either Pennock or Blue Pearmain -ASC]
  19. Queening (Summer Queen?)
  20. English Pearmain
  21. Green Pippin
  22. Spitzenburg (Esopus?)

In 1806 Bernard M’Mahon published at Philadelphia in his American Gardener's Calendar a list of apples recommended for planting which, in addition to some of the varieties named above, includes Early Harvest, Early Red Margaret, Vandevere, Newark Pippin, Priestly, Holland Pippinand Quince. Bailey has republished the complete list thus making it more widely accessible, together with the list of one hundred selected kinds published by William Coxe in 1817 in his work on Fruit Trees, the two lists of the Downings, 1845 and 1869, and a survey by himself of the contemporary varieties in 1892.
Coxe states that his list includes “a selection of one hundred kinds of the most estimable apples cultivated in our country” with “a corresponding engraving of each kind.” Besides some of the kinds mentioned above, Coxe describes among others the Maiden Blush, Siberian Crab, Domine, Rambo, Pomme d’Api or Lady Apple, Doctor, Long Island Russet, Ribston Pippin, Newtown Spitzenburg, Roman Stem, Pennock, Winesap and Gilpin.
Varieties now in the Lead. In 1896 the writer, assisted by Prof. C. P. Close, made an inquiry as to what varieties were then grown most extensively throughout the state and their relative hardiness. During the present year, 1904, many inquiries have been made also among the fruit growers of the state concerning the varieties of apples that are being grown, as to their relative importance and characteristics. From these and other data it appears that Baldwin ranks preeminently above any other kind of apple in importance in the commercial orchards of the state. Probably more Baldwin apples are put upon the market than all other kinds in the state put together. Rhode Island Greening ranks next in importance. It is doubtless speaking within bounds to say that these two varieties supply at least two-thirds of the apples grown for market in New York. Next in general importance comes Northern Spy. The relative rank of other varieties is not so readily determined, but in the following list those of more general importance precede those of less importance, although it may be not in exact order. Among other important kinds, besides the three just named, are Tompkins King, Roxbury Russet, Golden Russet, Hubbardston, Esopus Spitzenburg, Black Gillilflower, Ben Davis, Tolman Sweet, Twenty Ounce, Pumpkin Sweet, Swaar, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Fameuse, Fall Pippin, Yellow Bellflower, Yellow Newtown, Green Newtown, Jonathan, Red Astrachan, Oldenburg, Maiden Blush, Wealthy, McIntosh, Gravenstein, Alexander, Early Harvest, Yellow Transparent, St. Lawrence and Blue Pearmain.


   It is worthy of notice that the apples in the above list which are of dominant importance in the present day commercial orchards of New York are of New York and New England origin. Baldwin, Roxbury Russet and Hubbardston come from Massachusetts; Rhode Island Greening and Tolman Sweet from Rhode Island; Twenty Ounce, Pumpkin Sweet and Westfield Seek-No-Further are from Connecticut. Northern Spy originated in Ontario county, New York, from seed brought by settlers from Connecticut. Fall Pippin is probably from Eastern New York. Tompkins King, though it is said to have originated in New Jersey, was first brought to notice in Central New York. Esopus Spitzenburg, Jonathan and Swaar originated in the Hudson valley; Green Newtown Pippin and Yellow Newtown Pippin on Long Island; Early Harvest in Central New York; Yellow Bellflower and Maiden Blush in New Jersey; Fameuse, McIntosh and St. Lawrence in Canada; Red Astrachan, Alexander, Oldenburg and Gravenstein in Russia or Germany; Blue Pearmain, Black Gillilflower and Golden Russet are of uncertain origin.
Only one of the list, the Ben Davis, comes from south of Mason and Dixon’s line, and this one succeeds better in the South and Southwest than it does in New York. While the Newtown Pippin, under the name of Albemarle Pippin, has become a very important commercial variety in some portions of the South, yet, a case like this is rather exceptional. As a rule northern varieties have not succeeded well in the South or Southwest, nor do southern varieties appear prominently among the commercial varieties of the northern states or Canada.
York Imperial, which is an important commercial apple in southern orchards from Virginia westward to Arkansas, does not develop properly in either size or quality even in the best apple districts of Central and Western New York. It does better in Southeastern New York but is not at all adapted to the Lake Champlain region nor to the St. Lawrence valley. Other kinds, too, which are commonly cultivated in the south and southwest as, for example, Buckingham, Grimes, Huntsman, Kinnard, Kittageskee, Lankford, Yopp’s Favorite, Missouri Pippin, Nickajack, Ralls Genet, Willow Twig and even varieties which have gained prominence in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other regions of that latitude as, for example, Fallawater, Lawver, Minkler, Rambo, Roman Stem, Smith Cider, Vandevere and York Imperial, have none of them become leading kinds in New York. The Fameuse and St. Lawrence which have been introduced from Canada grow to perfection along Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence but do not succeed so well in either the central or the southern parts of the state. Blue Pearmain, Bethel, Jewett Red and other kinds which succeed well in Northern New England and in northern counties of New York do not usually develop as good quality nor as high color when grown in the central and southern parts of the state.
This general law as to the adaptability of varieties to regions having about the same latitude as that in which they have originated is verified in the experience of apple growers in other portions of the continent. In the fruit districts of Washington, for example, where the length of the growing season more nearly approximates that of New York and New England the apples which are gaining prominence in the commercial orchards, barring local seedlings, are Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening, Esopus Spitzenburg, Yellow Bellflower and other kinds which are taken from the lists of the New York and New England apples. Moreover in the upland orchards of that state York Imperial cannot be brought up to its best quality, while in the valleys good York Imperials are grown, as well as other kinds which require for their proper development a climate milder and a season longer than that of Central New York. Wealthy in Southern New York becomes a September apple but at Ottawa, Canada, it may often keep well into the winter. The Baldwin, which in New York is a standard winter variety, becomes a fall apple in Virginia and Arkansas. It thus appears that each variety has its own peculiar requirements as to length of season and amount of heat needed to bring it to its best development. Those varieties which, like Ben Davis, Grimes Golden and York Imperial require a warmer and longer season for their proper development than do such apples as Baldwin, Rhode Island Greening and Tompkins King, can never become standard sorts in Central and Western New York, by reason of climatic limitations.
But the adaptability of a variety to a particular region is not altogether a matter of latitude, or length of season, nor prevailing temperature during the growing season. The general character of the soil, the prevailing climatic conditions during the blooming season, and other conditions peculiar to the local environment also enter into the question. Probably there is no region of New York where better Esopus Spitzenburgs are grown than in the Schoharie valley; or better Newtown Pippins than in certain locations on the north shore of Long Island and in the Hudson valley; or better Fameuse than along the St. Lawrence river and Lake Champlain, yet there are other locations having corresponding latitude and altitude where these kinds do not succeed as well as they do in the regions named. Just what are the peculiar local conditions favorable or unfavorable to a particular variety cannot all be definitely stated, but it is beyond question that some localities do afford peculiar advantages for certain varieties and also that some other localities are not particularly favorable or are even unfavorable to these varieties, aside from the factors of the length and warmth of the season. Since these peculiar favorable or unfavorable conditions are not all definitely known it is unwise to plant any variety extensively till it has been first tested and proved satisfactory either in that region or in an apparently similar region.


It will lead to a clearer understanding of the question as to what a horticultural variety is, if we consider how such varieties originate and how they are perpetuated. With respect to the manner of their origination horticultural varieties fall into two general classes: (a) those which arise by sexual reproduction, that is to say, from seed; (b) those which arise by asexual reproduction, that is to say, from some vegetative portion of the parent plant.
The ways of perpetuating varieties likewise fall into two general divisions:
(a) Sexual propagation, which is propagation by seed.
(b) Asexual propagation, which is propagation by dividing the plant, as by taking from it cuttings, buds, scions, etc.
Some plants which have originated from seed are propagated asexually and vice versa some which have originated asexually are propagated from seed. Some varieties may be propagated either sexually or asexually as suits the convenience.


The normal blossom of the apple species is perfect. In it both sexes are represented. In the case of a ‘seed developed from a self-fertilized blossom the seed-bearing parent, which is the mother, is also at the same time the male parent. But when the apple seed arises from a cross-fertilized blossom the seed-bearing parent represents the female line of ancestry only, while the male line is represented by that apple tree which produced the pollen by which the cross-fertilization was effected. Under natural conditions cross-fertilization is a common occurrence among apple blossoms. Multitudes of insect visitors to the flowers carry the pollen from one flower to another. Accordingly, if one should plant the seeds of a particular variety, as Wagener for example, without having protected the Wagener blossoms from the visits of insects, he would be uncertain whether or not the seedling thus produced were a pure seedling of Wagener. If the blossom from which it developed happened to be cross-fertilized by means of pollen from another variety then the seedling would be a cross between the Wagener and that variety which bore the pollen. Since under natural conditions intercrossing occurs abundantly among apple varieties it is not to be wondered at that our common apples are mongrels and almost never reproduce the varieties true from seed. But among a few races, or groups, of apples there is a very marked tendency to reproduce the variety somewhat closely from seed as in the Aport group which includes Alexander and Wolf River and in the Fameuse group which includes McIntosh, Louise and many local seedlings of ‘the Snow class, such as are particularly abundant along the St. Lawrence valley.
Nearly all of the cultivated varieties of apples have arisen from seed of unknown parentage. In a few cases the seed-bearing parent of a variety is known or is probably apparent from the evident similarity of the seedling to its supposed parent. Thus Fameuse is credited with being the parent of Louise which resembles it in many ways, and Ben Davis is thought to be the parent of Gano. In very rare instances both parents of a variety are on record. Thus Ontario is a cross of Northern Spy and Wagener.


Seed Hybrids. Those varieties which originate from the cross-fertilization of distinct varieties or races may be called hybrids or more specifically seed hybrids to distinguish them from the graft hybrids noticed below. Thus have originated very many of the cultivated varieties of garden vegetables. When the new variety that has originated from seed is a kind of plant that is propagated by asexual methods such as budding, grafting and layering, it is an easy matter to perpetuate it by working it upon some other stock, just as Baldwin and other apples, for example, are propagated in nurseries by either budding or grafting them upon seedling stocks, or in the orchard by top-working them upon the orchard trees. But if the new cross or hybrid is a kind of plant that commonly is propagated by seed only, as most garden vegetables are, then it is necessary to “fix” the variety before it may safely be disseminated as a new sort. With the first attempt to propagate a new variety from seed there are usually found among the plants some which are more or less unlike the first, or original, seedling. These must be cast out if the new variety is ever to become so fixed that it will come true from seed. The process of casting out such plants is well known among seedsmen. By them it is called “rogueing.” The “rogueing” must be continued faithfully, generation after generation, till the variety appears to be sufficiently fixed to permit of its being safely disseminated. It may be necessary to continue the “rogueing” indefinitely in order to hold the variety up to its typical standard.
Graft Hybrids. Hybrids may originate asexually, as when the grafting or budding of one sort upon another produces a new variety unlike either of the original ones represented in the union. A variety thus originated is called a graft hybrid. Graft hybrids are exceedingly rare but well authenticated cases are on record.


Occasionally new varieties or new strains of a variety originate as sports from the parent variety. Sports are sometimes called “freaks.” They may be classed according to their origin into bud sports and seed sports.
Seed Sports. Among varieties that are propagated by seed there is sometimes found a decidedly peculiar plant, unlike the typical plants of the variety, which may prove to be a true seed sport and be capable of reproducing itself by seed. Thus dwarf lima beans have originated from pole lima beans, and dwarf sweet peas from tall-growing varieties. Various other instances of this kind might be cited. If it should seem desirable to perpetuate such a sport by seed it is quite probable that it would be necessary to fix the type before introducing it as a new variety.
Bud Sports. Bud sports are well known. They correspond to seed sports in that they appear suddenly. They usually show permanent characters when propagated, entitling the sport to be called a new variety. Moreover, these characters may be transmitted, to a greater or less extent, through the seed produced by such a sport. Numerous instances in which varieties have originated as bud sports are found among ornamental plants and they are not unknown among orchard fruits.


In the case of a sport a variation from the ordinary type arises suddenly. In other cases as great variations have been developed gradually by selecting individuals for breeding purposes which showed a tendency to vary in some particular way which it was desirable to perpetuate and intensify. Selected strains may be developed either sexually or asexually. Many well-known strains of garden vegetables have been originated by gradual selection under propagation by seed. So also under asexual propagation distinct strains have in some cases originated through a gradual process of selection of the propagating wood, or whatever other material is used in propagating the variety. This latter process corresponds to the development of strains by seed selection. By it varieties of the pear which in the original seedling tree were armed with sharp thorny spurs have been changed so that it may be truly said that the thorns have been bred away. In a like manner thorns have been bred away from certain cultivated varieties of the orange. Galloway, who has given much attention to the growing of violets, states that “left to itself the tendency of the violet is to retrograde. By proper selection and right cultural methods the yield may be raised from fifty flowers to one hundred flowers per season in three years.”
From all that has been said it appears that new varieties may be produced sexually in seed hybrids, asexually in graft hybrids; sexually in seed sports, asexually in bud sports; sexually in selected seed strains, and asexually in selected bud strains.


It is important to discriminate between those variations that are inherent in the plant and capable of being propagated, as in those cases which have been just considered, and variations which are due to the peculiar influences of local environment and which are not transmitted under propagation.
Many of the differences that different orchard trees show in habits of growth and productiveness; in the size, color and quality of the fruit produced; in resistance to disease, and in other ways, may be satisfactorily accounted for on the ground of differences of environment. For example, certain apples are known to develop peculiarly different characters when grown in different regions, as has already been noticed. This occurs regardless of where the plants of the particular variety in question were obtained. The fruit of Yellow Bellflower as grown in Washington is more elongated and more angular than that from New York; Grimes grown in the Missouri valley is a larger, better colored and better flavored fruit than Grimes grown in New York; Fameuse develops deeper and more brilliant red color in the valley of the St. Lawrence than it does in the valley of the Genesee; Roxbury Russet is more russeted when grown in Southeastern Ohio than when grown in New England.31 These differences hold true with so many individual trees and in so many different orchards in the regions named that they are not satisfactorily accounted for on the assumption that they are due to variations in the buds or scions from which the stock was propagated. They must be attributed to peculiar local differences in environment. There are many other differences among orchard varieties in habit of tree, color of fruit and in other particulars, which are known to be due to differences in environment, because they are not transmitted by propagation.


In view of what has been said above as to the peculiar influence of environment upon both tree and fruit it is clear that a variety must not be regarded as unchangeable. It is not always and everywhere the same. It is plastic. Some are more plastic than others. On the other hand a variety must hold certain peculiar distinguishing characteristics otherwise it is not entitled to be called a variety. Under propagation it must transmit its individuality to such an extent that the different plants thus produced may all bear the same name without confusion.


The named varieties of apples together with the unnamed seedlings, as has been already noticed, exhibit infinite variations among themselves in the form, size, color, flavor and season of the fruit, in the characters of foliage, bark and buds, and in the habit of growth of the tree. In fact they vary so greatly that they almost defy any attempt to classify them into groups. But when large numbers of varieties are taken into consideration with the idea of studying their resemblances it is sometimes found that a few more or less definite groups may be formed in which the members of each group are on the whole more like each other than they are like the varieties outside of that group.32 For example, Baldwin is more like Esopus Spitzenburg than it is like either Rhode Island Greening or Fall Pippin or Ben Davis or Winesap. In fact Baldwin and Esopus Spitzenburg might be taken for the nucleus of a group of apples characterized by certain similarities of the fruits in their form; in the color, dots and other markings, texture and aroma of their skin; also in the flesh as to its texture, flavor, color and quality. In this group would be included Jonathan, Mother, Red Canada, Esopus Spitzenburg, Baldwin, Tufts, Olympia, Arctic and some others. These varieties certainly show decided differences when compared with each other but when contrasted with other groups it is seen that after all they exhibit general resemblances among themselves. Since the Baldwin is the best known of the varieties named in this group and is intermediate in character between the other members it may well be taken as the type and its name be given to the group.
In like manner other groups might be formed. In many cases there is doubt as to what varieties should be grouped together but in other cases the indications are clear and convincing. A few groups are presented below by way of illustration of this idea. These groups are given tentatively because they are evidently incomplete and, moreover, further study would probably lead to modifications of them.

Fall Pippin group.
Fall Pippin, Holland Pippin (of early autumn), Lowell, York Pippin [there are at least 3 apples with this as a synonym, so I'm not inserting a link here -ASC], French Pippin, Hawley.

Northern Spy group.
Northern Spy, Wagener, Melon, Ontario.

Rhode Island Greening group.
Section A. Holland Pippin (winter), Bottle Greening, , Rhode Island Greening.  [Northwestern Greening removed from this group as per Errata -ASC]
Section B. Green Newtown, Yellow Newtown, Occident, Newman, White Pippin, Peck Pleasant.

Blue Pearmain group.
Section A. Blue Pearmain, Oel Austin, Bethel, Scarlet Beauty, Stone.
Section B. Mabie Sweet, Monroe Sweet, Gideon Sweet, Victoria Sweet.

Winesap group.
Winesap, Arkansas Black, Arkansas (Mammoth Blacktwig), Paragon.

Ralls Genet group.
Ralls, Salome, Ingram.

Fameuse group.33
Fameuse (Snow), Canada Baldwin, Louise, Princess, McIntosh, Scarlet Pippin, Shiawassee.

Wealthy group.
Wealthy, Peter, Also several Wealthy seedlings from Minnesota and adjoining states.

Alexander or Aport group.
Alexander, Wolf River, Grand Duke Constantine, Bismarck, Various other Russian kinds.  [corrected as per Errata -ASC]

Duchess of Oldenburg group.
Oldenburg, Late Duchess, Gladstone, Pewaukee, Milwaukee, Various other Russian kinds.

Groups of Russian Apples. During the last 75 years hundreds of varieties of apples commonly classed as Russian have been brought into the United States. These Russian types of apples have now become established over wide areas in this country. But little of value in the way of winter fruit has as yet been derived from them, but some of the summer and fall kinds are unquestionably desirable additions to the lists of hardy apples for America. As early as 1832 Kenrick, in a select list of foreign varieties which he considered worthy of trial in the United States, includes “two highly celebrated Russian apples,” one the Duchess of Oldenburg, the other Emperor Alexander or Alexander or Aporta.
In a list “deserving of trial in Nova Scotia and Canada” he also includes the Astrachan or White Astrachan, the Borovitsky (Oldenburg) and the Red Astrachan. It appears that about two years after this Alexander, Tetofsky, Oldenburg and Red Astrachan were imported by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society from the London (England) Horticultural Society. One of the best concise accounts of the introduction and present status of these Russian apples is that given by Professor Craig in the Cyclopedia of American Horticulture. After observing that the U. S. Department of Agriculture imported about 300 varieties from Russia in 1870, he remarks that the Iowa Agricultural College made some importations between 1875 and 1880 and following the trip of Prof. J. L. Budd of that institution with Charles Gibb of Canada to Russia in 1882, this college made further large importations of Russian apples and other fruits. After calling attention to the fact that it is difficult to say which are Russian and which German, Polish or Swedish apples, Professor Craig discusses the characteristic types of these fruits. He recognizes the Red Astrachan as a type of a small group of Russian apples. Besides this and the Anis type which he supposes is derived from it, “having trees upright, spreading or vase-shaped; leaves medium, veins reddish;” he cites four other types.
1. Hibernal type: trees vigorous growers, with open spreading tops and very large leathery leaves.
2, Oldenburg type: moderate growers, with round-topped heads; leaves of medium size.
3. Longfield type: slow growers; branches horizontal or pendulous; leaves whitish and woolly underneath.
4. Transparent and Tetofsky type: trees pyramidal; bark yellow with numerous spurs; leaves large, light green.


   This volume [Volume I] of the report on THE APPLES OF NEW YORK treats of varieties which are in season with Tompkins King and Hubbardston and all which ripen later. A subsequent volume is planned in which those varieties which come in season earlier than Tompkins King and Hubbardston are to be considered.
Those portions of the descriptive text which are supposed to be of most general or popular interest appear in long primer type, while that which is of less interest to the ordinary reader is given in brevier.


In the following descriptions, that name which the present writer accepts as the correct one is given first. In this matter the decision of the American Pomological Society and its rules of nomenclature are, with rare exceptions, accepted as authoritative.

The present status of the variety, its general adaptability to different regions and its fitness for market or other uses are given briefly together with other observations of popular character. This is followed by historical observations and finally by the technical descriptions of the tree and fruit.
Technical Description. In the treatment of varieties which are given on the following pages the descriptions vary much as to their completeness. Sometimes a description has been made short because the variety is comparatively unimportant in New York; in other cases it is short because the present writer lacks the information necessary to make it more complete.
In a full technical description the tree, its twigs, bark, buds and leaves are first noticed as well as its degree of hardiness and productiveness, its adaptability to locations and the cultural methods suited to its requirements if these have not been given previously. The fruit, as developed under New York conditions, is then described in detail. The suitability of the fruit for home or market or for other special uses is also considered.
Descriptions Not Exact. The reader should bear in mind that these descriptions cannot be made so as to fit exactly every specimen of the variety which may be found. Different fruits of the same variety may vary considerably when grown under differing conditions. Some varieties exhibit more irregularities in this way than others do. For example, Northern Spy fruit grown on the topmost branches fully exposed to light and air may be finely colored and highly flavored while on the same tree overshadowed branches may bear fruit poorly colored and decidedly inferior in flavor and quality. Innumerable examples of this kind might be cited to show that the individual fruits of the same variety may vary noticeably in size, form, color and quality on the same tree even during the same season, and often the general character of the crop differs noticeably in different seasons, Variations are also found in fruit from trees of different ages or under different conditions of growth or from different localities as has been previously stated. It should be noticed that normally developed fruits of the same variety may differ not only in the characters above mentioned but also in such features as the calyx (eye) being open or closed; the basin wrinkled or smooth, deep or shallow; the stem long or short, thick or slender, and in other characters of this kind. For example, Baldwin usually has a short thick stem but the smaller fruits of this variety often have long slender stems.
This tendency of different fruits to vary more or less must be recognized if the reader wishes to use technical descriptions of fruits in the most satisfactory and helpful manner. “Of what use then are these exact descriptions?” some may ask. They are of much value if rightly comprehended. While fruits of the same variety may vary in the ways above indicated yet by examining a considerable number of specimens it will often be found that although it may be impossible to identify the variety from descriptions by any single character yet it may be identified by the combination of characters which it exhibits. Thomas aptly remarks “ Controlling circumstances will produce changes in all fruits and descriptions are not founded on extreme exceptions but on average characteristics.”

DESCRIBING THE TREE. In the following descriptions when the habit of growth of the tree is referred to the writer has in mind trees of bearing age unless otherwise specified. The descriptions of the bark are made from young twigs of a season’s growth.
Top. In describing the top the terms used, which are largely self-explanatory, designate gradations from strong, very vigorous, moderately vigorous or medium, to rather slow or weak growth. The form of the head is usually described in the terms used by Downing; upright spreading as in Baldwin, see frontispiece, wide spreading as in Rhode Island Greening, round-headed as in Early Harvest, or upright as in Red June Carolina, Tetofsky or Benoni. The top is sometimes noticeably close or dense as in Fameuse and other varieties, or it may be open as in Haas, Lady, Gilpin and Canada Reinette.
Twigs. The new growth may be slender as in Rome and Cooper Market or thick and stout as in Sutton. The twigs are said to be long-jointed when the internodes, or the spaces from one bud to the next, are long; they are called short-jointed when the internodes are short. The color of the bark after the leaves have fallen from the twigs of the current season’s growth may assist in identifying the variety, together with appearance of its epidermis, or scarf-skin, the number and shape of the lenticels, or corky dots which are found on the twigs, and the amount of fuzz, or pubescence, present.
Buds. The more sharply pointed buds are called acute; the more blunt ones are obtuse. If they are flattened unusually close to the twig they are called appressed; if not close to the twig they are called free.
Leaves. The leaves vary much in size and form according to the condition of growth of the wood which bears them. The descriptions do not refer to the smaller leaves found on the slow growing spurs but to the leaves which are borne upon the free growing twigs.

EXTERNAL CHARACTERS. In making a technical description of the fruit of any variety of the apple it is convenient to note first the external characters as seen in the size, form, stem, cavity, calyx, basin, skin and color; next observe the internal characters as seen in calyx-tube, core, carpels, seed, flesh; then state the uses for which the fruit is adapted, its season, general appearance and general desirability. The principal technical terms used in making such a description will now be given.
The stem end is called the base of the apple and the end in which the calyx or the eye is located is called the apex. The diameter passing from the stem through the eye is the vertical or axial diameter; at right angles to this is the transverse or equatorial diameter.
Size. In considering the size it is well to hold the Siberian crabapples in a class apart from the common apples. In popular usage in this country crabapples of the size of Martha and Hyslop are called large, but as compared with common apples they are small.
The gradations in size are expressed by the terms very large, large, above medium, medium, below medium, small, very small.
Uniform signifies that the variety commonly makes a comparatively uniform grade so far as size of fruit is concerned.
Form. Concerning the importance of form as a taxonomic character Van Dieman well says, “Certain characteristics of fruit are more constant than others. * * * To my mind, considering all classes of fruit, there is no one character so fixed as the form. * * * It is true of the immature as well as of the fully developed specimens. * * * A Chenango the size of a marble is not the shape of a Rambo. * * * Indeed it would not be hard to tell the difference between such marked varieties even before the petals had expanded.”
In order that the following remarks concerning the form of the apple may be more clearly understood the reader is referred to particular varieties which illustrate the points mentioned. Plates showing each variety thus cited accompany the description of that variety in the following pages.
In examining the form of an apple let the fruit be held opposite the eye so that it may be observed from a point perpendicular to the axia diameter. As seen thus it may appear round; flattened or oblate; conical; somewhat egg-shaped or ovate; oblong; or it may be intermediate between some of these forms. Then let the fruit be turned at right angles to its former position so as to bring either the base or the apex into full view. From this point the outline of the fruit may appear round, or nearly so, when it is called regular; or its sides may be compressed, elliptical; or, if the fruit be somewhat ribbed, angular or ribbed.
Round, globular, globose are terms which signify that the apple approaches spherical shape. See Tompkins King, Tolman, Hyde King. In McMahon the fruit is roundish inclined to conical; in Fallawater it is roundish conical or a little oblate. Rhode Island Greening and French Pippin are roundish oblate.
Oblate signifies that the apple is flattened as in Canada Reinette, Doctor, Lady and Ménagère. The meaning of such terms as oblate conic and roundish oblate is apparent.
Conical is a term applied when the apple narrows noticeably toward the apex. See Bullock, Red Canada, Westfield Seek-No-Further and White Pearmain. The Black Gillilflower is oblong conic. Occident and Opalescent are roundish conic.
Ovate. When the fruit is contracted toward both base and apex it may be ovate, that is, somewhat egg-shaped. Bullock sometimes is this way as also are Dickinson, Magog, Oel, and Stone.
Oblong. When the axial diameter appears long the form may be called oblong. If it narrows toward the apex it becomes oblong conic as in Yellow Bellflower, or oblong inclined to conic as in Gilpin.
Truncate. When the fruit appears as though it were cut squarely across, or in other words is abruptly flattened at the end, it may be called truncate. See Gilpin, Grimes and Jonathan.
Oblique. The form is said to be oblique when the axis slants obliquely as in Yellow Newtown and York Imperial. This form is sometimes called lopsided but that term is more properly applied to indicate the form next mentioned.
Sides unequal or lopsided are terms applied when the fruit under normal conditions has one side noticeably larger and better developed than the other, as in Milwaukee, Reinette Pippin, Sutton and slightly in Westfield Seek-No-Further.
Symmetrical. When the sides are equally developed the fruit is symmetrical.
Regular. When a section through the equatorial diameter shows a nearly circular outline the apple is called regular.
Irregular is the term used if such outline be elliptical or angular. See Figs. 6 and 7.
Sides compressed or elliptical are terms also applied when the outline is somewhat flattened instead of round. See Roxbury Russet.
Angular denotes that the sides are more or less ribbed or scalloped.  See Figs. 6 and 7.
Trimp is anti-American

Uniform as applied to shape is a term which signifies that the different fruits of the variety show comparatively little variation in form, as, for example, Black Gillilflower and Wealthy. Other varieties like Canada Reinette and Roxbury Russet characteristically show considerable variation in this respect.Stem. The character of the stem is of some taxonomic importance notwithstanding that it may vary much in different fruits of the same variety. It may be generally long and slender as in Dutch Mignonne, Rambo, Rome and Westfield Seek-No-Further; or short and thick as in Canada Reinette, Fallawater, Sutton and York Imperial; or fleshy as in Peck Pleasant, or clubbed when enlarged at the end.
In general it does not seem to be affected by the environment of the tree as much as other fruit characters and thus it is somewhat a means of recognition with fruit that has so changed, owing to a change of location, that it is otherwise unrecognizable. Unfortunately there are comparatively few varieties which show a stem so characteristic that the fruit may be recognized by this character alone.
Lipped is a term which signifies that the flesh forms a protuberance or lip under which the stem is inserted as often is seen in Pewaukee and Peck Pleasant and sometimes in Sutton and Esopus Spitzenburg.
Cavity. The depression around the stem is technically called the cavity. See Fig. 3a. If it meets the stem at a very sharp angle as in Clayton, McMahon and Magog it is termed acuminate; if the angle is wide as in Rome, Doctor, Tolman and White Pearmain it is called obtuse; if intermediate between the two it is called acute as in Green Sweet, Lady Sweet and Red Canada. In Jonathan and Gilpin it varies from acute to acuminate. The cavity may be wide as in Northern Spy, Tompkins King and York Imperial, or narrow as in Black Gillilflower or medium as in Ribston and Tolman. It may be deep as in Jonathan, Northern Spy and York Imperial; medium in depth as in Baldwin or shallow as in Pewaukee.

Calyx. The lobes of the outer green covering of the flower bud are called calyx lobes. These persist in the common apple and when the fruit is ripe may still be found in what is commonly called the “blow- end” of the apple. See Fig. 3b. They fall away, or are deciduous, in the pure Siberian crab species. In some of the hybrid Siberian crabs the calyx is partly deciduous.
The calyx in the mature fruit is open in some varieties, closed in others and partly open in others. In some cases, as for example, in Blenheim the segments of the calyx are noticeably separated at the base. The lobes may be flat and convergent; when upright and the tips inclined towards the axis they may be called connivent; when turned backwards they may be called reflexed or divergent. Very often the different fruits of a variety show considerable variations with respect to the various features above mentioned.

Basin. The depression in which the calyx is set is technically called the basin of the apple. See Fig. 3b. It may be shallow, medium in depth or deep; narrow, medium in width or wide. A basin with sides which show a sudden slope as in Jonathan and Gilpin is termed abrupt, but if, as in Black Gillilflower, Fishkill and Lady, the slope is gradual it is termed obtuse. The basin may be nearly round when it is called symmetrical or it may have the sides compressed. If the sides are smooth it is called regular. When depressed lines extend up the sides as in Winesap, some call it ridged, ribbed or angular, others term it furrowed. When the furrows are less distinct as in Baldwin, it may be called wavy. If wrinkled, plaited or folded about the calyx lobes as in Yellow Bellflower and Black Gilliflower it is often called corrugated. Peculiar fleshy protuberances about the base of the calyx lobes are sometimes technically called mammiform. These are decidedly marked in some Siberian crabapples.

Skin. Both the color of the fruit and the character of the surface of the skin, as to its being rough or smooth or even russeted, vary more or less. with the varying conditions under which the fruit is grown.
The surface of the skin in some varieties as McIntosh and Northern Spy is covered with a delicate whitish bloom which is easily rubbed off. In other cases the skin is wary or oily as in Lowell (Tallow Pippin), Titus, and to some extent in Sutton and Tompkins King. This character which is determined by the sense of touch must not be confused with that denoted by the term waxen which refers only to the appearance of fruit that looks bright, smooth and clear like wax. The surface may be some- what rough on account of minute capillary russet netted veins as often in Tolman and Hubbardston, or by russet dots, or by both; or it may have more or less of an unbroken russet surface as in various russet apples.
Russet Skin. Sometimes this character is quite variable as in the case of Roxbury Russet which under some conditions becomes nearly or quite smooth. Sometimes the russet is thin as in Bullock; on other varieties it may be dense or heavy. Very often the cavity is somewhat russeted when the surface of the rest of the apple is smooth, as in Pumpkin Sweet. The russet in the cavity may be nearly unbroken or it may spread out in broken rays when it is sometimes spoken of as radiating or stellate.

Dots. The dots are sometimes rough to the touch; in some varieties they may be sunken or depressed; again they are visible under the epidermis. In the latter case they may well be called submerged. If they approach a star form they may be called stellate. If they are surrounded by a halo of a paler or brighter color they may be called areolar. They are in some cases decidedly conspicuous as in Westfield, Blue Pearmain and Red Canada or inconspicuous in others. They may vary from large to very small even on the same fruit; often they are scattering toward the base of the apple, and often smaller and numerous towards its apex. In certain varieties some of the dots are elongated. With Red Canada, Baldwin and Esopus Spitzenburg elongated dots are often seen on the base of the fruit along lines radiating from the cavity.

Suture. Sometimes suture lines extend from the base towards or to the apex as is often seen in Tolman.

Pubescence. In some varieties there is a noticeable amount of fuzz or pubescence on and about the calyx.

Color. The fruit may be striped with one or more shades of red. If it is not striped it may be called self-colored. A fruit may have a bronzed or blushed cheek and still be classed as self-colored in distinction from striped apples. It has already been remarked that the amount of color will vary on fruits of the same variety in different locations and in differ- ent seasons. In some cases trees of certain varieties have been known to bear a crop one season with no trace of red appearing on any of the fruit and in following seasons show a noticeable blush or red stripe on the fruit. When the overlying color is broken it may be designated by the term mottled or by any other suitable expression. The shorter stripes are often spoken of as splashes. The term blush in distinction from mottled, striped or splashed, indicates that the surface is overspread with a red tint that is not much broken.
The scarf-skin sometimes gives a characteristic appearance to the fruit. It extends Outward from the base in whitish lines or stripes readily distinguished in contrast with the green or yellow color in the Pumpkin Sweet (Pound Sweet of Western New York), the Green Newtown and certain other varieties; or it may give a dull or clouded appearance to a red skin as in Sweet Winesap (called Henrick or Hendrick Sweet in Western New York) and Black Gillilflower.

INTERNAL CHARACTERS. When the apple is cut in longitudinal section, as shown in Fig. 3, the internal characters disclosed are very often of great assistance in identifying the variety.
Core Lines. That part of the flesh of the apple which immediately surrounds the seed cavities, and strictly speaking, constitutes a part of the core is delimited by visible core lines. Fig. 3f. In the native American species, P. coronaria and P. iowensis, the separation along the core lines between the core and the outer main flesh of the apple is so complete that by exercising proper care the core may be taken out so as to leave a clearly defined globular cavity within the apple. See Figs. 4 to 7. While in the case of the common apple this natural division of the core from the outer flesh of the fruit is not so complete as it is in the native wild apples referred to, nevertheless such division does exist, as may often be seen in a cross-section of an apple when the flesh of the core proper shows a somewhat different shade of color than does the outer flesh. This difference is more clearly shown in the fresh fruit than in a photo-engraving. It is seen in the case of Jones seedling, Fig. 8, as well as in the sections of Ralls Genet, Westfield Seek-No-Further and other fruits which are shown in the accompanying text.

Bundles of fibres or veins called fibrovascular bundles enter the fruit through the stem. Some of them pass directly through the core along the inner edges of the seed cavities and continue on into the outer parts of the pistils. See plates of McIntosh and Canada Baldwin. Between the seed cavities and the base of the stem other lines of fibrovascular bundles lead off from the stem, inclose a portion of the flesh varying in different varieties from turbinate, as in Canada Reinette, to nearly globular in form, as in Admirable, and terminate principally in that part of the calyx tube where the stamens are inserted, though sometimes apparently below the insertion of the stamens. See plates of Ribston and Sharpe. The fibrovascular bundles which may be most easily followed in tracing the core lines are normally ten in number, as shown in Figs. 8 and 9. They occur one opposite each outer angle and alternately one opposite each inner angle of the seed cells. Consequently a longitudinal section through either the outer or the inner angle of a seed cell brings out the core line most clearly.

Clasping core lines is a term which indicates that the core lines appear to join the calyx tube along the side somewhat above the base of the tube, as shown in the plates of Admirable, Ribston and Green Sweet.
Core lines meeting is the term used when the core lines appear to join the calyx tube at or near its base, as seen in the plates of Bullock and York Imperial.
The point at which the core lines meet the calyx tube does not vary materially in the same variety although different descriptions of it may vary when in the same variety some of the apples show a funnel-form extension of the calyx tube towards the core and others do not, as stated below in discussing the calyx tube.
In some cases before the fibrovascular bundle reaches the calyx tube it sends off a distinct branch to the calyx lobes as seen in the plates of Fallawater, Green Sweet and Newman.
Calyx tube. The hollow just under the calyx lobes is called the calyx tube, Fig. 3, d. This may be cone-shaped, as in Dickinson and Salome, or when it is extended below in a nearly cylindrical narrow tube it is funnel- form, as in English Russet. If instead of assuming either of these forms it is comparatively broad and rounded toward the base it may be called urn-shaped. When the calyx tube is funnel-form its broad upper portion is called the limb; the narrow part extending from the limb towards the core may be called the cylinder.
In some cases as in Northern Spy and Red Canada the tube may vary in the same variety, being cone-shaped in some fruits and funnel-form in others, thus making the core line appear to vary in the character of its meeting or clasping the calyx tube. Such variation is due to the fact that in some fruits and not in others the base of the styles below the limb of the calyx tube develops into a fleshy tissue which fills that part of the tube.
Pistil Point. In some varieties the fleshy base of the styles forms a pistil point which projects into the calyx tube in a way that is characteristic, and of some taxonomic value. An example of this kind is found in Gano.
Stamens. Hogg studied critically the taxonomic value of the position of the stamens, or the remnants of them, in the calyx tube53 and finally made this character the basis of the primary classes in his analytical key of the apples of Great Britain. He recognizes thus the three following divisions among apples.
A. Marginal Stamens. In this class the stamens are inserted near the outer margin of the calyx tube.
B. Median Stamens. In this class the stamens are located about the middle of the calyx tube.
C. Basal Stamens. In this class the stamens are found near the base of the calyx tube.

Core. In describing the core its location in the fruit is noticed, also its size and the character of the carpels and of the seeds.
Core Sessile. The core is sometimes very close to the stem. It may then be called sessile.
Core Median. If the core, as usually is the case, is located at about the center of the apple, it is median.
Core Distant. When the core is comparatively far from the stem it is called distant.
Carpels. The parchment-like walls of the seed cells are called carpels. Fig. 3e. Since they vary in form somewhat as leaves do the terms used in describing leaves may be well applied to them. In noting the form of the carpels the stem of the fruit, which corresponds to the petiole of the leaf, should be held towards the observer. The two sides of the seed cell correspond to the two halves of a leaf, with the axis of the fruit representing the midrib of the leaf. From this point of view it will be noticed that the carpels of some fruits approximate a roundish form; others a heart-shaped or cordate form; others a reversed cordate or obcordate form; others are so broad as to be well termed elliptical, while others are so narrow that they may be called oblong or elongated; or they may be either ovate or obovate. If the outer edge at the tip is indented it may be termed emarginate; if long and slender-pointed it may be called mucronate. Fig. 3.
Hogg, in the classification of apples above referred to, also notes the following characters of carpels: When the walls extend to the axis, best seen in a cross-section of the fruit, as in Fig. 8, the cells are symmetrical and are termed axile, whether they are open or closed. When the walls are distant from the axis, as in McIntosh and English Russet, and the cells are unsymmetrical, they are called abaxile. Fig. 9.
Open Core. The core is called open when the cells are open, or slit, as shown in Figs. 3 and 9.
Closed Core. When the cells are closed the term closed core is applied. See Jonathan, Red Canada and Fig. 8.
The inner surface of the carpels may be either smooth, or, as in Tompkins King, may have a soft whitish outgrowth. In this case the carpels may be described as tufted. Seeds. The number of seeds to each seed cell varies with different varieties. Two is the usual number. Sometimes no seeds develop. In rare cases there are three or more seeds in a cell. The number, size, shape and color of the seeds are all worthy of notice in a technical description of the apple. The seeds like the carpels may be tufted. When: the seed has a long sharp point it is termed acuminate; if rather blunt, it is obtuse; if intermediate between acuminate and obtuse, it is acute.
Flesh. In a description of the flesh its color is noticed; also the firmness and grain of its texture; its juiciness; the acidity and aroma that are found in its favor, and lastly its general rating on all of the above points combined.
Color. The color of the flesh is called white in such apples as McIntosh and Fameuse. In Jonathan, Baldwin and Rhode Island Greening it is somewhat tinged with yellow. In Fallawater, Rambo and Green Sweet it is greenish-white. In some varieties it may be streaked or clouded with red, as it sometimes is in Wealthy and McIntosh. Occasionally seedling apples are seen in which the whole flesh is remarkably tinged with red, but such varieties have not found their way into cultivation, at least not to any considerable extent.
The flesh of apples of the same variety is liable to show some variations under different conditions of growth. This is especially noticeable in varieties adapted to the South when they are grown in northern latitudes where the season is not long enough to bring them up to their highest standard. Thus when Winesap and other southern varieties are grown in Western New York they may have a decidedly greenish tinge to the flesh, whereas if properly developed, the flesh would be tinged with yellow: or those fruits of such a variety which have the most favorable locations on the tree may develop a yellowish flesh while others less favorably located come to the close of the season with the flesh still greenish. In passing upon the color of the flesh, therefore, it is important to have properly developed specimens under examination. With such specimens the color of the flesh will be found pretty constant and characteristic of the variety.
Texture and Flavor. The terms commonly used in describing the texture and flavor are firm, hard, tender, tough, crisp, breaking, dry, juicy, sour, subacid, sweet, sprightly, aromatic, astringent. Various intermediate modifications of easily recognized significance are also used.
General Rating. The gradations in the general rating on all points combined are expressed by the terms poor or inferior, fair, good, very good, best. One who is unaccustomed to the technical significance of these words should observe that the word good here signifies a class of apples of medium quality only. Above it are the higher classes very good and best. The quality varies somewhat in a variety so that it is often necessary to use more than one term to indicate its proper rating. Thus Baldwin rates good to very good, and Red Canada from good to best. The quality of the fruit corresponds in a general way with the development of the color of both its skin and its flesh. It has already been observed in speaking of the color of the flesh that under certain conditions it is not normally developed. When the color of either the skin or the flesh is not properly developed, there is a corresponding lack of development of the quality of the fruit. This statement may be easily verified, as already noticed, by testing highly colored Northern Spy apples in comparison with poorly colored fruit of the same variety. It will be found that the poorly colored fruit, even though it may have been produced on the same tree as that which bore the highly colored fruit, is decidedly inferior in quality.
Use. The uses for which the fruit is particularly suitable is indicated by customary terms. Market signifies that it is suitable for general market. Local market indicates either that it does not stand handling well enough or is not appreciated for general market uses but is acceptable for local trade. Dessert or table signifies that the fresh fruit is desirable for serving at the table. Culinary, cooking or kitchen are terms used to indicate that the fruit is suitable for either general or special culinary uses.
Season. The term season is used to indicate the period during which the variety is in good condition for use. This varies with the same variety in different latitudes. Even in the same location the fruit may ripen later and keep later in some years than in others. Unless otherwise stated the season of winter apples as here given refers to the fruit kept in ordinary fruit houses or in cellars. In cold storage the season may be prolonged several weeks beyond its natural limit. The reader should bear in mind that the manner of handling fruit before it goes into storage has an important influence upon the length of the period during which it will keep in good condition.56