Lautz apple tree - Zone 3 - Cold resistant and good keeper  -

Lautz apple tree - Zone 3 - Cold resistant and good keeper

A close relative of the Haralson variety, Lautz is cold resistant to zone 3 and is a great keeper. The apple can be stored up to six months.

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The fruit

The Lautz apple has a firm, fine grained and juicy flesh with a well balanced tart-sweet taste. A good keeper, this fruit will continue to mature in storage for six months in a cool room and be at its best for Christmas. The Lautz apple is small to medium in size and is good for cooking and eating fresh. It has a small core that facilitates preparation for cooking and produces a very good texture when cooked.

The tree

Highly resistant to mildew and fire blight, the Lautz apple also has some resistance to Cedar apple rust. It is precocious, and will usually start producing fruit after 3 or 4 years (compared to five years for an average apple tree grafted on a standard rootstock). Lautz is well-known for its resistance to cold weather, growing well in zone 3.


Harlason Apple MalusDiscovered by Louis Lautz, and originating from his orchard, in La Crescent, Minnesota, the Lautz apple is in fact born from a limb sport of the Haralson variety. A limb sport is a mutation from one cell that leads to a branch with different characteristics from the original tree.

The Lautz apple is very similar to its parent the Haralson (see photo above). The main differences are its brighter red color, its taste (a little bit sweeter) and earlier harvest (one week).

Haralson itself originated from the University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm and was introduced in 1922. It was born from an open-pollinated seedling of Malinda. For many years, people thought that the pollinator had been Ben Davis. DNA studies undertaken in 2004 however proved Harlason to be a cross between Malinda and Wealthy.

Thirty years ago, Haralson was a well known commercial apple accounting for over 25% of apples grown in Minnesota.

Louis Lautz who operated the Lautz Orchard and discovered the apple named after him, died in March 2015. While no longer with us, the apple variety he discovered will certainly remain and continue for a long while.

Height at maturity7 metres (23 feet)
Spacing9 metres (30 feet)
Hardiness zone3
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
HarvestLate Season
Average fruit weight200g
Fruit colorRed
Years to bear fruit4
Latin nameMalus sp. Lautz
Average diameter of fruit7cm (2.7 inches)
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