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malus domestica, seedling of wagener
A high quality California Classic late Winter apple that serves multiple purposes.
Albert Etter of Humbolt County, CA is credited with selecting this superior Winter apple, a seedling of wagener. The pollen parent is unknown but believed to be manx codlin. Named after his brother Walter, who was also personally interested in producing it commercially.
Highly adapted to Central and Northern California, which is where it originates from. It's on the high side of medium chill, but may still do ok in inland parts of Southern California (Sunset zones 21 and below) that get some Winter chill. Blooms at the same time as Calville Rouge D'automne.
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A large fruit (can be medium sized if not thinned properly) with greenish-yellow skin and rich red striping where exposed to the sun. It's not unusual to have fruits shaded or buried deep in the canopy can be entirely yellow green without any striping.
The yellow flesh is firm, crisp with a wonderful sweetness that is balanced out with some tartness. Aromatic overtones will develop late in the season, especially if left to hang on the tree well into late December even after all the leaves have fallen. It's one of the most desirable Winter apples for Central and Northern California.
Upright growth habit, with very slight spreading.
Ripens late December to early January along the coast and coastal valleys and early December in warmer inland areas. It's best to leave the fruit hanging on the tree well past the point when leaves have already fallen. (Waltana tends to loose its leaves on the early side, with the tree often laid barren by thanksgiving, by which time the apples are usually not yet fully ripe.)
A multi-purpose, versatile apple that is dense enough to not loose it's shape when cooked, and is tart enough for processing and cider. When pressed, makes complex, full bodied apple juice reminiscent of gravenstein.
Doesn't seem to be too susceptible to scab, most of the time the apples themselves are scab free in California without spraying.
[[Category:California Heritage Apples]]
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