Minnesota 447 - Zone 4 - Super sweet apple tasting like sugarcane -

Minnesota 447 - Zone 4 - Super sweet apple tasting like sugarcane

Minnesota 447 is a super sweet and juicy, late season apple. It is one of the most unique apples you will ever taste and one of our absolute favourites. If you want a very exotic tasting apple reminiscent of sugar cane and litchi, Minnesota 447 is the one.

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The Fruit

Minnesota 447 is a small apple averaging about 2.5 inches in diameter but it packs an intense flavour that is reminiscent of sugar cane. The skin is a dark red over a yellow/gold background and the flesh is a creamy colour verging on light orange. The apple is extremely juicy and has a firm and crisp consistency. An excellent all-purpose apple, it’s a remarkable treat for fresh eating and is a particular favourite of cider makers. Fruit are ready for harvest around late September to mid-October and can be stored for 3-4 months.

The Apple Tree.

The Minnesota 447 apple tree is a relatively vigorous tree with a spreading growth pattern. It is an annual producer and is hardy to zone 4.

Its origin

This apple tree originated as a chance seedling at the University of Minnesota breeding farm in 1936. It has since played a major role in their breeding program as a parent of Keepsake and Sweet Sixteen and grandparent of Honeycrisp.

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity7 metres (23 feet)
Spacing9 metres (30 feet)
Hardiness zone4
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringMid-May
HarvestMid-October
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorRed skin - Orange flesh
Years to bear fruit7
Pollinationself-sterile
Latin nameMalus spp. Minnesota 447
Average diameter of fruit2.5 inches
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