Very high-quality early-Massachusetts dessert apple. In his 1884 The Fruit Manual, British pomologist Robert Hogg called it, “remarkably tender, crisp, and breaking, very juicy, sweet, and with a balsamic aroma.” Medium-large roundish-conic fruit, colored with muted reds and oranges and covered with tiny russet dots. We believe Mother has the potential to be popular in the 21st century on a commercial scale.
General Gardner was a prominent Bolton entrepreneur on the old road between Boston and Greenfield, in what was to become the epicenter of Massachusetts orcharding. There are still almost a dozen orchards in the Bolton area. Keeps into January. Blooms mid-late season. Z4.
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