Posted 9/12/2021 22:55 (#9217409 - in reply to #9217040) Subject: RE: Best apple tree varieties of old
Another characteristic that is valuable for narrowing down the id of an unknown apple variety is the time it ripens. Early, middle, or late ripening is good enough, but if you know it ripened a couple weeks after McIntosh for instance, that really narrows it down. A time relative to a known variety, hopefully a common known variety.
The flowering habit can help also.
Otherwise, the trees were probably fairly common in that era, ask around among the older generation throughout the Dakotas and MN what they had at that time, or what nurseries supplied the trees if there are any that remember ordering trees that long ago. It wasn't like today, when anybody can find anything online, or like the 1800's when there were thousands of nurseries with lost varieties. The 50's were a bottleneck period for fruit varieties.