WA 5

‘WA 5’

Following on the heels of last year’s ‘WA 2’, WSU’s apple breeding program is making available for grower evaluation it’s next release, ‘WA 5’. ‘WA 5’ is a cross of ‘Splendour’ x ‘Co-op 15’

Tree characteristics:

  • Compact growth habit
  • Precocious and productive
  • Moderate susceptibility to powdery mildew and fire blight

Fruit characteristics:

  • Ripens early to mid Sept (follows Gala)
  • Medium size; round
  • Very attractive, bright
  • Distinctive red/orange stripe over yellow
  • Little russet or bitterpit

Eating Quality:

  • Excellent texture – crisp, very juicy and very firm out of storage (has “ideal” combination of ethylene genes)
  • Good sugar/acid balance
  • To achieve optimal quality, do not over crop or pick too early