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  • From: Anton Callaway <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Calville blanc? Chroncel?
  • Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:47:39 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

It seems to be intermediate between Goldrush and Pink Lady in fireblight
susceptibility. Pink Lady is highly susceptible here and Goldrush is
moderately susceptible here in the sub-tropics.

Zone 8 where it hit 75 degrees today- weird even for here.

-----Original Message-----
>From: "Lon J. Rombough" <>
>Sent: Dec 27, 2007 1:30 PM
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
>Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Calville blanc? Chroncel?
>I've had Calville Blanc. It's an oddly shaped apple, pale green to
>more or less white, about like a Yellow Transparent. Late, rather on
>the tart side, with tender flesh. Great cooking, moderate as an eating
>apple. Cooks to a smooth fluffy consistency. Good resistance to scab
>here in Oregon. I don't know about fireblight as we don't get that
>here worth noticing. When self pollinated it throws seedlings that
>have considerable similarity to the parent. The late Larry McGraw,
>founder of the Home Orchard Society and co-founder of NAFEX (he and
>Milo Gibson were both in the same area) rescued an apple by Fort
>Vancouver in Washington that was the oldest known apple on the west
>coast, having been planted by the traders when the fort was a Hudson's
>Bay outpost. That apple looks very much like it was a seedling of
>Calville Blanc.
>-Lon Rombough
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>On Dec 27, 2007, at 9:33 AM, Dianne Ste;phany wrote:
>I just got my Seeds of Change catalogue and they have afew heritage
>apple trees offered. The Cox Orange Pippin and the Calville
>Blanc caught my eyes.
>Anyone have any experience with Calville Blanc? It sounds very
>similar to a Chroncel -color, sweet, high vitamin C -except that I
>remember Chroncel as being an early apple and this says that it matures
>"very late". Does "very late" put it in the same category as Granny
>Smith? I didn't know that about Granny Smith when I planted it for my
>husband, and we have gotten only a very few ripe apples, and fire
>blight loves this tree.
>Thank you all for a great year of information and discussion- I love
>reading the posts.
>Dianne Stephany, zone 5
>Rochester NY -- catalogue browsing and winter
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