“Spicy and crisp with rich aftertaste” sounds like a description of a special wine, but these words are also used about Winesap apples. Growing a Winesap apple tree in the home orchard provides a ready supply of these luscious fruit with their complex sweet-sour taste, perfect for eating off the tree, baking or juicing. If you’d like to learn how easy backyard Winesap apple trees can be, read on. We’ll give you lots of information about Winesap apples plus tips on how to grow Winesap apples.
About Winesap Apples
Mixing sweet and tart flavors, the flavor of Winesap apples has many of the qualities of a fine wine, resulting in the common name of the tree. It originated in New Jersey over 200 years ago and has won the loyalty of many gardeners since.
What makes Winesap apples so appealing? The fruit itself is a draw, delicious and crunchy, yet keeping well in storage up to six months.
The apples are wonderful, but the tree has many attractive qualities as well. It grows on many soil types, including clay. It is immune to cedar apple rust, requires little maintenance and produces a reliable harvest year after year.
The tree is also ornamental. In the spring, Winesap apple trees provide a lacy show of white or soft pink blossoms. In the fall, when the apples ripen, their red color provides a striking contrast to the green canopy. That’s just about the time to start a harvest.
You can find different progeny of Winesap apples, including the Stayman Winesap, Blacktwig and Arkansas Black apple trees. Each has its own particular features that may work well for your orchard.
How to Grow Winesap Apples
If you are thinking of growing a Winesap apple tree, you’ll be happy to learn that the tree is not a picky prima donna. It’s a low-maintenance, easy-grow apple tree in its hardiness zone range, from U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 through 8.
You’ll need to plant Winesap apple trees in a location that gets six or more hours a day of direct, unfiltered sun. A proper site makes Winesap apple care even easier.
Those already growing a Winesap apple tree say that a wide variety of soils will do just fine, from sand to clay. However, they do best in acidic, loamy, moist, well-drained soil.
One term that doesn’t apply to these trees is “drought resistant.” Provide regular irrigation for those juicy apples as part of your weekly Winesap apple care.
You can find Winesap apple trees in regular, semi-dwarf and dwarf forms. The taller the tree, the longer you have to wait for fruit production.