MALUS domestica 'Utter'
Plant Common Name
Apple, Dessert Apple
Rarely grown today, this exceptionally cold-hardy apple variety originated in the upper Midwest United States in the early nineteenth century. The large, spherical to slightly flattened fruits have pale yellow, red-blushed, carmine-streaked skin and grainy, juicy, pale-yellow flesh. They ripen in late summer and early fall and keep for several weeks. The fruits are borne on round-crowned, cold-hardy, high-yielding trees. Plant this cultivar near other apple varieties to insure cross-pollination and maximum fruiting. It makes a good choice for home and specialty growers of rare antique apples.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to oval canopy. It originates from southeastern Europe, Siberia, and southwestern Asia and has been in cultivation for thousands of years. In spring, these trees offer sweet, fragrant flowers of light pink, white or rose, and in fall reward us with crisp, juicy apples.
These fruits have a wide variety of colors, textures and flavors and may be eaten out-of-hand, pressed for cider, frozen, canned or baked in a variety of ways. There are thousands of cultivars available, including many interesting heirlooms as well as fresh new varieties. Different selections vary in height and may bear fruit in late summer or fall.
Apple trees do best in full sun and moist well-drained soil, but tolerate light shade and periodic drought. For best fruit production, trees must be vigorously pruned and maintained. Apples are susceptible to many pests and diseases, but resistant varieties are available.
Most apples are grafted onto rootstock that provides a wide range of benefits such as vigor, pest and disease resistance and dwarf stature, depending on the stock.
AHS Heat Zone
8 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
Early Spring, Spring
Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Southern Asia, Western Asia