It has a red color and large, moderately conspicuous lenticels. Haralson apples are crisp and juicy, having a tart flavor. They are good for eating, cooking, and are an excellent choice for pies. The skin is medium-tough, and the stem is medium.
The Haralson's parentage is Malinda open pollinated. DNA testing has shown that Wealthy is the likely pollen parent. The tree is hardy and vigorous, but relatively small. It has a strongly developed central leader and wide-angled lateral branches. The flowers bloom late, and the fruit ripens in early October.
The trees that produce the apples grows to an average height of about 12 to 15 feet. The best planting season is in the Spring. It will take about four years before the tree produces the apples. The time that the tree produces fruit is between September and October. The foliage color is green. There are state restrictions in the states of California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Arkansas.
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