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sandbur

5 year old buck +
Haralred or haralson are good choices for an early to mid October ripening period for deer. I suspect haralson may be a bit more hardy. They show little disease for me. I wish they had smaller apples and were apple crabs instead of apples. At present, I would recommend one of these to be in the group of 6-8 trees to feed deer over a 7 month period of the year.

I don’t have experience with Red Duchess, but do have Red Baron which might be related.


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sandbur

5 year old buck +
I would plant Norland and Haralred.

Both are on my recommended list for my location at the Zone 3-4 junction.

I want to give wodarz a try and might have some scion coming this spring but that is more for my own use.

I favor apple crabs and not larger apples for deer.

Norland is extremely hardy and is my current choice for a late July to mid August apple for deer feed. If you have plenty of clover or other feed during that time period, it may not be needed. The fruit is just a bit larger than an apple crab( a bit over two inches).

If you have room for 6-8 trees to feed deer over a 7 month period, it would be the early season choice for one tree.


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About 20 years ago, a group of apple enthusiasts met atCentral Lakes College , Staples, Minnesota. They discussed apple hardiness and fruit production after an extremely cold winter. For many in central to north central Minnesota, Norland still produces fruit after that winter.


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Chainsaw

5 year old buck +
STFanatic, I don't have any personal experience with any of those apples; in fact with the exception of Dolgo, Kerr, Liberty and Enterprise, I have very little positive experience with named apple varieties and in general don't look to named varieties for the next great deer tree. Poor results, disease resistance charts and cold hardiness ratings along with reports from fellow apple enthusiasts have steered me away from most named apple varieties. As a rule I see most named varieties as simply too much trouble and not enough results. I want trees that kick butt on their own. The trees that I choose to propagate are the winners (the few that are in the top 1%) from the three thousand wild apple trees on this property. These winners are determined based on what they show me and have shown me for years. I also buy from nurseries specializing in wildlife trees on a limited basis as I feel there is a greater chance of finding more working varieties from them that will work here than from nurseries with just named varieties. And of course wherever the day takes me, watching for the next possible great apple tree is on my mind. Sometimes great finds come from unknown apples that are 100 years old growing in someone's' yard in town or on the property of forum members that live either in this area or in a weather zone similar to ours, or from the side of the road. And again, sometimes they are found in my own back yard.
 

S.T.Fanatic

5 year old buck +
Thanks for the input. Not what I would choose but for the price I may just get a few.
 

4wanderingeyes

5 year old buck +
I have a couple state fairs, they ripen in late August, but they hold their apples through November, and have been by biggest producers so far. I also have Haralson, and they have been decent as well, but I haven’t gotten any big crops from them yet. I have 1 Woodarz left out of 3, the other 2 died a couple winters ago, the last remaining big one is a big grower, but not much for apples.
 
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