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Malus x domestica 'Bietigheimer'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Bietigheimer
Additional cultivar information: (aka Red Bietigheimer)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Time:
Early season flowering

Unknown - Tell us

Rootstock Vigor:

Bearing Habit:
Partial Tip

Disease Resistance:
Resistant to Apple Scab
Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew
Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

Fruit Usage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peribeca On Jul 21, 2012, peribeca from Tuscaloosa, AL wrote:

Ms. Joyce Neighbors helped identify it...we purchased it from her several years ago but lost tags in the tornado 04/27/2011.
our best early eating apple; ripens at different times starting end of june in Tuscaloosa....for Ms.Neighbors about 100 miles North and zone 7 in august;
For the home there are always apples to pick since it ripens at different times,soft,sweet, medium sized for us, about 3 to 3 1/2 inches but it is a young tree about 5/6 years old on EMLA 7 root stock IIRC
description from Ms Neighbors book,
BIETIGHEIMER (Red Bietigheimer) An old German apple described in an 1886 catalog of Huntsville Wholesale Nurseries, Huntsville Alabama:A rare and valuable German apple ripening in the early fall. Extra large, pale cream ground, mostly covered with red and purplish crimson, very beautiful. It ripens here in early August and it is a very beautiful

Neutral Big_Red On Nov 14, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Also known as: Red Bietigheimer.

Of German origin.

First described in 1598, where it was known as Roter Stettiner. It was brought into this country in the 1880's. Because of it's large size and coarse tough flesh, it is considered a cooking apple. Roundish to slightly conical in shape, with pale yellow skin overlaid with dark and light red striping. Ripens August to September, and not a good keeper.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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