Cortland apple was developed in 1898 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. It is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Ben Davis’. Cortland Apple is known for producing large sized fruits that are striped red with a yellow background. Often those that ripened in full sun will also have a purple blush on the top side of the fruit. Excellent for fresh eating and cooking. Fruit is juicy, moderately sweet and will store well if refrigerated until around Thanksgiving day.
We offer this variety on M7 rootstock which is semi-dwarf and free-standing.
Relished by deer and numerous small mammals.
Annual pruning needed to promote better light penetration and air flow thru the canopy for best colored and flavored fruits.
Apples are prone to many insect and disease issues. Preventative spraying or growing the fruit in bags (organic) is suggested to obtain a quality fruit crop.
While the original Cortland strain was a red striped apple, numerous sports (mutations) now exist on the market that have a full red skin color. While perhaps debatable, many claim the original strain has the best and sweetest flavor compared to the better colored sports now often grown. At Johnson’s Nursery we offer the original strain of Cortland. Why bother with the rest if the original is best!
Cortland must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.