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PlantFiles: Apple
Malus 'Rome Beauty'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Rome Beauty
Additional cultivar information: (aka Rome, Gillett's Seedling, Foust's Rome Beauty, Phoenix, Royal Red, Starbuck, Roman Beauty)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Time:
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Rootstock Vigor:
Unknown - Tell us

Bearing Habit:
Unknown - Tell us

Disease Resistance:
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Fruit Usage:

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 16, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This one is still a popular commercial apple in Virginia. I am not overly fond of it as an eating apple but it is a very good cooking apple. It is easy to grow, ripens late, and keeps relatively well. Most folks have the full size trees but it is available in semi dwarf and dwarf sizes. My experience is with full size trees.

Neutral Big_Red On Dec 15, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Also known as: Rome, Gillett's Seedling, Foust's Rome Beauty, Phoenix, Royal Red, Starbuck, Roman Beauty.

One of the most important US commercial varieties for many years, Rome Beauty is considered one of the best cooking and processing varieties available. It originated around 1817 when Zebulon and Joel Gillette, along with their brother-in-law, bought several fruit trees from a nurseryman in Marietta, Ohio. The trees were taken to Rome Township in Lawrence County, Ohio, and planted there in the Gillette orchard. According to the historical literature, Joel Gillette pulled off a root sprout and gave it to his son, saying, "Here is a democrat, you can have it." The sprout was transplanted in a corner of the orchard and within a few years began producing large and attractive dark red apples. Fruit is large to very large, roundish to somewhat oblate in shape. The thick, smooth skin is yellowish-green almost entirely covered with bright red and dark carmine stripes. The yellow flesh is firm, crisp and juicy with a tangy pleasing flavor. Ripens in September to October and keeps well.


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

Montague, California
Silverton, Oregon
West Newton, Pennsylvania
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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