WA5 fruit in bowl

‘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