Parkland - Zone 2a - An excellent quality apple commercially grown in Alaska - Parkland is extremely hardy and is the leading variety in Alaska. It is an excellent apple in taste, in look and in hardiness. Parkland apple has a well-balanced tart flavour.

Parkland - Zone 2a - An excellent quality apple commercially grown in Alaska

Parkland is extremely hardy and is the leading variety in Alaska. It is an excellent apple in taste and in look, while having a well-balanced tart flavour.

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
1-2 Feetin stock$35.00$0.00
Total$0.00

The fruit

Parkland is an extremely hardy, quality apple that can be grown in the boreal regions few other apple trees will thrive. A small-medium sized apple, averaging 6-7cm in diameter, Parkland apples have a crisp and juicy white flesh with a pleasant tart taste. It is primarily a yellow green colour with a red blush covering up to 40% of the apple. Very fresh tasting off the tree, it also makes for great preserves. The best time for harvesting is in mid to late August and the apple will keep for about 8 weeks. It is of better quality and stores longer than the Norland apple.

The tree

Parkland is a super hardy apple tree suitable for fruiting in zone 2a and in sheltered locations in zone 1b. The apples are best tasting when grown in northern areas. The fruit will be of poorer quality when grown in zone 6 or warmer. This is due to the apple maturing in July instead of August, as its flesh turns soft when temperatures are constantly above 30 Celsius. It’s a young bearing apple tree and will tend to bear more heavily bi-annually. We graft Parkland apples on extremely hardy standard rootstock.

Origin

This northern hardy apple was introduced by the Morden Research Station in 1979. It was selected by Dr. C. R. Ure for the Prairie Fruit Breeding Cooperative. Parkland owes its parentage to the crossing of the Melba and Rescue varieties. It is the leading apple grown commercially in Alaska. This is partly due to Bob Purvis, who in 1985 co-founded the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers, and brought Canadian apples into Alaska to test their durability under Alaskan conditions. Thanks to his foresight, there is now a commercial apple industry in Alaska, based largely on Canadian bred fruits such as the Parkland apple.
 

CharacteristicValue
Height at maturity7 metres (23 feet)
Spacing9 metres (30 feet)
Hardiness zone2a, worth a try in sheltered location of zone 1
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringMid-May
HarvestMid to late August
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorGreen with red blush
Years to bear fruit3
Pollination
Latin nameMalus sp. Parkland (Malus sp. Melba x Malus sp. Rescue)
Average diameter of fruit6-7cm
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