Apple 'Gragg'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Gragg
Additional cultivar information:(aka Red Gragg, Winter Queen)
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

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

Kingsville, Maryland

Jonas Ridge, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 21, 2011, ascorbate from Kingsville, MD wrote:

Old Southern Apples, Revised & Expanded by Creighton Lee Calhoun*, Jr., The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, VA, 2010, p.81

GRAGG APPLE (aka Red Gragg, Winter Queen)

In 1899, Thomas Coffey of Kelsey, Watauga County, North Carolina, wrote to the USDA about the Gragg: "Originated about 40 years ago on James Gragg's farm in Caldwell County, North Carolina, and is now grown by many farmers. Stands at the top of the market. It is a good cooker. The tree is thrifty, smooth, needs but little pruning, and a good bearer. The apples keep till spring." Gragg was listed in 1902 by the Startown Nursery, Newton, North Carolina.

This rare variety is listed among the apples grown about 1900 on the Moses Cone estate near Blowing Rock, North Ca... read more


On Nov 27, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Also known as: Red Gragg, Winter Queen.

Originated about 1860 on the farm of James Gragg in Caldwell County, North Carolina. It was valued by North Carolina growers for its fine cooking qualities and long storage ability. The conical shaped fruit is medium sized with waxy greenish-yellow skin with dark and bright red stripes and shading. The greenish flesh is tough and juicy. Ripens in October and is a great keeper.