Minnesota 447 - Zone 4 - Crispy, juicy, intensely sweet and an excellent keeper -

Minnesota 447 - Zone 4 - Crispy, juicy, intensely sweet and an excellent keeper

Minnesota 447 is a perfectly crisp late season apple. It is one of the most unique apples you will ever taste and one of our absolute favourites,  with hints of sugar cane and litchi!

HeightAvailabilityPriceQuantitySubtotal
1-2 Feetsold-out$35.00$0.00
2-3 Feetsold-out$40.00$0.00
3-5 Feetsold-out$45.00$0.00
Total$0.00

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 mid to late October and can be stored for 6 months.

The Tree.

This apple tree is an annual producer and is hardy to zone 3. One of its advantages is that it produces consistently very good harvests every year. The Minnesota 447 apple tree is a relatively vigorous tree with a spreading growth pattern. This tree is self-sterile, so it needs another variety to pollinate it.

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 zone3
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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