Home Orchards: Table 4.1. Scab-resistant Apple Varieties

Informational table showing apple varieties that are resistant to apple scab and recommended for home planting in Pennsylvania.
Home Orchards: Table 4.1. Scab-resistant Apple Varieties - Articles

Listed in order of ripening.

VarietyCharacteristicsRipening PeriodDisease Ratingb
CARa
Disease Ratingb
PM
Disease Ratingb
FB
PristineVery early, medium-sized yellow apple, pleasant tart flavor with a smooth, attractive finish.Late July to early AugustMRM
RedfreeAn early, red-skinned, sweet summer apple. Crisp. Does not have a long storage life.Late August to mid-SeptemberRR-MR-M
Pixie CrunchMedium to small fruit but ideal as a snack size apple for little hands. Dark red fruit with very crisp yellow flesh. Mildly acid fruit with a rich spicy flavor. Medium vigor tree.Mid-SeptemberSMM
Crimson CrispRich flavor with moderately acidic and a spicy aftertaste. Bright red fruit with cream-colored flesh.Early SeptemberMMS
LibertyMid-season, high-quality dessert apple. Most disease resistant. Flavor improves after storage.Mid- to late SeptemberRRR
FreedomMid-season, large fruit, spicy flavor. Rough external appearance. Fruit quality varies. Susceptible to black rot.Mid- to late SeptemberRRR-M
JonafreeMid-season, firm, red apple, slightly tart. Flavor improves after storage. Similar to Jonathan.Mid- to late SeptemberSRM
Scarlet O'HaraLarge round fruit with medium red to orange color. Rich, pleasant, slightly spicy flavor.Early to mid-OctoberRMS

Sundance

WineCrisp

Medium-sized fruit with a sweet, tart flavor. Yellow fruit with some russet.

Medium to small dark red, almost purple fruit that is crisp and sweet. Vigorous growing tree.

Mid-October

Mid-October

R

S

M

M

R

R

EnterpriseGood-quality, late-season, smooth, glossy red apple similar to McIntosh. Stores well. Susceptible to a fruit spotting disorder.Mid-OctoberRMR
GoldrushExcellent quality fruit, good storage apple. Very late maturing Golden Delicious type. Fruit may russet.Late-OctoberSRM

Notes

a. CAR = cedar apple rust; PM = powdery mildew; FB = fire blight
b. R = resistant; M= moderate; s = susceptible