Dixie Red Delight

We’ve been keeping an eye on this variety for the last few years, as it consistantly bears excellent crops of late, dense, sugary/tart apples that blush to a deep dusty rose red.  Despite our lack of chill it has a very compact bloom period, and despite bearing heavily it still puts on a good couple feet of growth each year, readily bearing lots of scionwood for propagation. 

These are attributes we look for when considering an apple for the tropics, as dependable bearing and vigor are important in a tropic climate that is tough on apple trees, as they will soon revert to bearing two crops a year while never going dormant.  This was one of the varities we sent to Rwanda a couple years ago, and we’re waiting to see how it does.  Either way it is excellent here in Southern California where it ripens around Thanksgiving.

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