Heritage Apple Cultivars Identified in Wyoming
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University of Wyoming scientists have published research in HortScience on varieties of apples that have been surviving for decades in the state’s cold and dry climate. The project identified heritage apple trees that were planted from 1870 to 1940 at 91 historic orchards, farms, ranches, and homesteads across the state. Researchers then identified as many of these cultivars as possible. Seventy-one of the heritage trees were identified as the Wealthy cultivar. Other commonly identified cultivars were Haralson, Patten’s Greening, Yellow Transparent, Northwestern Greening, and McMahon. These heritage varieties could hold promise for modern-day apple growers in Wyoming and other states with similar growing conditions.