Collet apple tree - Zone 3b - A disease resistant apple from Manitoba - The Collet apple tree (Malus Collet) is a favourite amongst apple growers because of its disease resistance.

Collet apple tree - Zone 3b - A disease resistant apple from Manitoba

The Collet apple tree (Malus Collet) is a favourite amongst apple growers because of its disease resistance and quality taste.

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
1-2 Feetin stock$35.00$0.00
2-3 Feetin stock$40.00$0.00
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The fruit

The Collet apple (Malus Collet) is light green in colour covered with red stripes, with a diameter of 6-8cm. Its taste has some similarities with the well known McIntosh apple. Taste ranges from more tart to more sweet depending on harvest time, but is always well-balanced and delicious. The Collet apple is firm and juicy, equally good eaten raw or cooked. It can keep up to 10 weeks. To get the best result from this apple, avoid harvesting it too early as the cold will increase its sugar content. 

The tree

The Collet apple tree is a favourite amongst apple growers due to its resistance to disease. There is a general consensus about its resistance to scab, but some people have noticed a light sensitivity to fireblight. In optimal conditions, it produces fruit as early as 3 years old.

The origin

The Collet apple tree was discovered and propagated by Albert Collet and Sister Alice from Notre-Dame-de Lourdes in Manitoba. In 1934, they gathered 300 apple seeds from the Morden Research Center of Manitoba and planted them all. Of the 300 apple trees propagated, 35 survived the cold winters. Whilst visually appealing, only one was producing a delicious and big fruit in high quantity. After 13 years of testing its resistance to cold weather, in temperatures as low as -46 degrees Celsius (-52°F), they finally released it to be propagated and commercialised.

We came across the Collet apple through a friend of ours who was passionate about fruit trees like us. He told us that of all his collection, the Collet was his favourite, not only because it produces perfect fruit, but also due to its resistance to disease.

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity7 metres (23 feet)
Spacing9 metres (30 feet)
Hardiness zone3b
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringMid-May
HarvestEarly to mid-September
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorRed-pink over green
Years to bear fruit3
PollinationSelf-sterile
Latin nameMalus sp. Collet
Average diameter of fruit70-75mm (2-3 inches)
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