Name the apple

Asked September 15, 2018, 6:19 PM EDT

My husband and I just bought a house last year and we have an overgrown apple tree in the backyard. They make a good cider. They flesh is slightly tart and sweet and dry . Beautiful dark red. Also they have a film that you can rub off like some plums do. any way you can help?

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

Identifying apples may require an expert's first-hand inspection. But you contact the Home Orchard Society (HOS) by email from to ask how that might be accomplished.

I don't see current information on the HOS home page ( about identifying apples. But in the past, they wanted to see a branch which clearly displays the leaves and how they are attached to the branch; plus 6 typical apples. When I saw them do identifications at their annual All About Fruit event in the fall, they would cut the apples in half to see the interior flesh and its characteristics as well as the seeds. I don't know if they will attempt an ID using images.

The 2018 All About Fruit event is scheduled for October 21, 10 to 4, at the Clackamas County fairgrounds in Canby, Clackamas County.

Before you travel to Clackamas County, consider contacting the Benton County Master Gardeners to ask if they know of an apple identification resource within Benton County. The Benton County Extension Service office is at 4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333. Phone the office at 541-766-6750 to ask when the Master Gardeners will be in.

you mentioned that your new-to-you apple tree is large and overgrown, "Pruning to Restore an Old, Neglected Apple Tree" is likely to be helpful -