Identify my apple trees

Asked September 8, 2020, 3:09 PM EDT

I planted a few small apple trees in the spring. The trees were labeled as Legend Apple (from Home Depot). Trees and leaves look identical but the fruit is different on one of the trees. Curious what these might really be. I can’t find anything online that identifies Legend as a species.

Scott County Minnesota

1 Response

I don't know of a "Legend" apple either. Did you keep the tag?

This is from Jim Luby of the University of Minnesota:

We can not positively identify a cultivar visually though we can sometimes make a guess. The history of the plant is very important and unfortunately, people often don't know it. However, you can read about the plant especially if they know it's a University release and narrow down your fruit ID to 2-3 cultivars based on size, color, fruiting time. etc. Here are some resources to help:

VIDEO: How to Identify Your Apple Tree

Extension Yard & Garden Fruits:

Also, here is a nice discussion about identifying apple varieties. Though it is written about English varieties, all the principles are universal.

If you want to pursue more conclusive testing, UC-Davis will accept samples for DNA fingerprinting. The cost is $345 per sample.