Stayman winesap Apple tree

Winesap Apple Tree

The Fine Dining, Easy-Growing Apple

Why Winesap Apple Trees?

With our Winesap Apple Tree, you’ll get an elegant culinary experience in your own backyard. The Winesap lives up to its name with its crisp texture and tangy yet sweet flavors, perfect for snacking, baking and juicing.

Winesap Apples have a sour flavor with a rich aftertaste. And with their prolonged storage life of about six months, you can keep them on hand to use in fresh, homemade recipes. Plus, because they’re cold hardy down to about -10 degrees and fruit in the first year, they boast the benefits of carefree, easy growth.

Why is Better

For starters, you won’t have to rush out to the grocery store for expensive apples grown with harmful chemicals and pesticides when you have a lifetime supply of hard-to-find Winesap Apples growing at home.

And with our Winesap Apple Trees, you’ll have carefree production with bountiful harvests in the fall, year after year. You get this promise of delicious, delectable fruit without effort because we’ve grafted and grown our Winesaps for best results. Since we’ve put in the extra work at our nursery, you get consistent, high-quality results from our well-branched, well-rooted Winesap Apple Trees.

Reap the rewards of our Winesap Apple Tree’s strong beginning. Order yours today, before they are all gone!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: For best results, find a location with well-drained soil and full sun – about 6 hours of sunlight per day. Once you’ve selected a location, dig a hole that’s twice the width of the root ball and just as deep. Then, place your tree, backfill and tamp down the soil, and water to settle the soil. Finally, mulch to retain moisture.

*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk.

2. Watering: Your Winesap Apple will benefit from a regular watering each week, though you may have to water more during times of drought. If you’re not sure when to water, simply check the soil down to a depth of about 2 or 3 inches – if it’s dry here, it’s time to water.

3. Pruning: Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy, making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems and weak, damaged or dead branches.

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Stayman Winesap AppleMalus domestica ‘Stayman Winesap’

This tree:

  • Produces a medium- to large-sized apple that is crisp and juicy with a flavor that blends sweet and tart–giving it a wine-like taste. The apples are great for fresh eating, applesauce, pies and cider.
  • Yields ripe fruit typically from mid- to late October. The fruit will keep for 6 months or more if refrigerated.
  • Blooms midseason, with pink flowers (rather than the traditional white or pinkish-white apple blossoms).
  • Bears a good crop consistently if not subjected to late frosts or freezing conditions.
  • Is available in standard, semi-dwarf and dwarf sizes. Our Stayman winesap seedlings are budded onto whole rootstock; our semi-dwarf seedlings are grafted onto Malling-Merton III; and our dwarf seedlings are grafted onto Malling 7A, Malling 26.
  • Requires regular watering.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 600–800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Can be pollinated with red or yellow delicious, Jonathan, early harvest or a variety from a different apple family.
  • Grows upright in an oval or round shape but can be pruned to a more spreading, horizontal shape.
  • Cannot be used to pollinate other apple trees, as it is a triploid.
  • Bears fruit in 6–10 years if standard, 4–6 years if semi-dwarf and 3–4 years if dwarf.
  • Needs a compatible cultivar–growing within 100′ of the tree for standard, 50′ for semi-dwarf and 20′ for dwarf varieties– to ensure pollination.

Winesap Apple Tree Care – Learn How To Grow Winesap Apples

“Spicy and crisp with rich aftertaste” sounds like a description of a special wine, but these words are also used about Winesap apples. Growing a Winesap apple tree in the home orchard provides a ready supply of these luscious fruit with their complex sweet-sour taste, perfect for eating off the tree, baking or juicing. If you’d like to learn how easy backyard Winesap apple trees can be, read on. We’ll give you lots of information about Winesap apples plus tips on how to grow Winesap apples.

About Winesap Apples

Mixing sweet and tart flavors, the flavor of Winesap apples has many of the qualities of a fine wine, resulting in the common name of the tree. It originated in New Jersey over 200 years ago and has won the loyalty of many gardeners since.

What makes Winesap apples so appealing? The fruit itself is a draw, delicious and crunchy, yet keeping well in storage up to six months.

The apples are wonderful, but the tree has many attractive qualities as well. It grows on many soil types, including clay. It is immune to cedar apple rust, requires little maintenance and produces a reliable harvest year after year.

The tree is also ornamental. In the spring, Winesap apple trees provide a lacy show of white or soft pink blossoms. In the fall, when the apples ripen, their red color provides a striking contrast to the green canopy. That’s just about the time to start a harvest.

You can find different progeny of Winesap apples, including the Stayman Winesap, Blacktwig and Arkansas Black apple trees. Each has its own particular features that may work well for your orchard.

How to Grow Winesap Apples

If you are thinking of growing a Winesap apple tree, you’ll be happy to learn that the tree is not a picky prima donna. It’s a low-maintenance, easy-grow apple tree in its hardiness zone range, from U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 through 8.

You’ll need to plant Winesap apple trees in a location that gets six or more hours a day of direct, unfiltered sun. A proper site makes Winesap apple care even easier.

Those already growing a Winesap apple tree say that a wide variety of soils will do just fine, from sand to clay. However, they do best in acidic, loamy, moist, well-drained soil.

One term that doesn’t apply to these trees is “drought resistant.” Provide regular irrigation for those juicy apples as part of your weekly Winesap apple care.

You can find Winesap apple trees in regular, semi-dwarf and dwarf forms. The taller the tree, the longer you have to wait for fruit production.

Most popular apple at Terhune Orchards, tart, full rich flavor, excellent keeper. Chance seedling 1866.
First Pick:Late Sept
Available in Store:Oct-June

What started in Kansas in 1866 from a chance seedling has developed into one of Terhune Orchard’s most popular apples. The Stayman-Winesap is a cross between a Stayman apple and a Winesap apple. The combination of the two strains produces an apple of exceptional eating quality.

The Stayman-Winesap’s firm yellow flesh; crisp, coarse texture; and its tart, rich wine-like taste makes it memorable. Some say it smells like cinnamon. Stayman-Winesap’s thick skin maintains sufficient moisture within the flesh to keep the apple crispy to the bite and flavorful to the taste.

The late maturing Stayman-Winesaps keep well and can last until spring if properly stored or placed in a fruit cellar. This multi-purpose apple is excellent when eaten fresh, or used in pies, desserts, applesauce, and cider.

The Stayman-Winesaps ripen at Terhune Orchards in October and are available in the Farm Store all year long!

Stayman Winesap Apple: The Successor

(Malus X Domestica)

The Stayman Winesap is unique to other apples for its exceptional characteristics. It was developed in 1866 by Dr. Stayman and believed to be an improvement over its parent tree the winesap. The Stayman was popular to pioneers for its ability to keep long during the winter and its wine-like taste that lingered. It is a high-yielding tree and produces medium to large apples which are great for baking. What makes it even more gripping is that it is a triploid, meaning it has three sets of chromosomes instead of the usual two. The Stayman quickly became favored over other fruit trees for these unique qualities.

Here are a few things to note if you’re considering adding one to your yard.

Environmental Factors

  • The Stayman Winesap grows in deep, moist, well-drained soil, although texture is not critical. It is not drought tolerant, but does tolerate clayish or sandy soils as well as loam or sandy loam (hardiness zones 5-8).
  • Slow growing tree, growing up to a foot a year and reaching 10-25 feet at maturity. Check out our fruit spacing guide to ensure it has plenty of space to flourish.
  • Prefers full sun, preferably 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day.

Physical Attributes

  • Blooms pink flowers midseason, distinct from other apple trees that bloom white.
  • Available in standard, semi-dwarf, and dwarf sizes. Standard size bears fruit 6-10 years.
  • Note: the Stayman cannot pollinate other apple trees. But it does require a second tree to pollinate. Plant with yellow delicious, red delicious, red Jonathan or early harvest.
  • Bonus: has a long storage life, able to keep for six months if refrigerated.

Have an awesome apple recipe? We’d love to hear it!

Cross Pollinator for Dwarf Winesap Apple Tree???

We planted a dwarf Winesap apple tree this year. It is doing well. After planting it we noticed on the tag that it requires another apple tree as a pollinator. Winesaps have sterile pollen and won’t self-pollinate nor pollinate other trees.
I’ve read that crabapple trees will work, and we have one. I don’t know, however, if the blossom period of the two is the same, and I don’t know when either really puts out blossoms. This is our first year for the Winesap tree.
Will the crabapple likely be sufficient? It is about 50 feet away on the other side of a row of bushes about 4 feel lower, but I don’t think that would be a problem for bees to get form one to the other in a day’s time.
If the crabapple isn’t sufficient, what other types of apple tree might give us a similar flavor and texture profile to the Winesap? If I have to plant another tree, it might as well be somethig similar that I like, as the WInesap is my favorite apple.
My understanding is that you can’t use the same type of apple for cross pollination. Is this true? If it’s OK to use another Winesap, that would be my first choice.
If we need a second apple tree (assuming that the crabapple tree won’t do the job), ideally I would prefer to get something that won’t need a third tree to pollinate the second one, something that will self-pollinate.
This message was edited Aug 7, 2008 10:15 AM

Apple Tree, ‘Winesap’

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit Trees! ‘Winesap’ apples are great for holidays. Gracious dinners. School lunches. They’re all the perfect occasion for this red-as-red-wine favorite, a beauty of an apple that looks terrific on store displays and at home in wreaths, fruit bowls, and cheese platters. But gorgeous as Winesap apples are to look at, they’re even better to eat – tart, tangy, juicy, and extra firm.
Winesap apples are a good type of apple to grow in home orchards as they work well fresh, frozen, baked, in pies or as applesauce. Winesap apples ripen in the late fall and last for a long time. If you want to grow winesap apples make sure you plant them near a different variety of apple so they can cross-pollinate. Pollinator required – Jonathan, Golden Delicious or Red Delicious. Stock up on Winesap apples, a great tasting apple that lasts long, stores well, and adds festive good looks to every setting. They are a great snack, excellent with wine and cheese and perfect cut into salads.
Apple trees are the most popular and widely grown fruit trees in America. If the proper variety is selected, one may grow apples in any one of the lower 48 states. Apples have long been considered a fruit for northern states only. However, there are several apple varieties that will produce delicious apples in the South as well. Most apple trees require cross-pollination or the presence of a crab apple tree to bear fruit. There are literally hundreds of apple varieties, so we have selected the top choices for home gardening. Also, many of our selections are well known commercial varieties that most Americans have come across in their local grocery.

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