Hi, was wondering what the difference is between the Haralson apple and the...

Asked April 17, 2015, 10:28 AM EDT

Hi, was wondering what the difference is between the Haralson apple and the Haralred apple trees.

Allen County Indiana

1 Response

Thank you for your question to eXtension.

According to this article from Minnesota (http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/fruit/apples-for-minnesota-and-their-culinary-uses/ ), it appears that both names refer to the same cultivar of apple.

The Tree Farm nursery supplier (http://www.thetreefarm.com/) lists both of them separately. The descriptions are a bit lacking, but it appears that they may be very similar cultivars, but one of them (the Halared) is more uniformly red in color than the other.

I have a book entitled Apples, by Roger Yepsen, which has pictures and descriptions of some of the older apple varieties. It lists Haralson, saying that it was introduced by the Univ. of Minnesota in 1923. It doesn't list Halared, which to me makes me think it's a more recent naturally occurring variety.

Both varieties appear to be listed as good northern apples and are winter hardy.