Pretty apple. I am not sure but I had looked at this one to try to grow. The ones I have seen are more conical. However, I am definitely not an expert on them. Since you only had one that does not give you a decent comparison with more off the same tree. I’ve seen some apples looking a little different than the rest of them on the same tree.
@MikeC, Yes, one apple is hard to tell. I see that in most pics, WWP look conical. But some descriptions say it’s a round shape.
I ate it today. The texture was quite dense. I could taste tannin and some sweetness. Brix was 14. This was before I read @scottfsmith’s reviews on WWP. Scott said it is a late apple and has good storage potential.
Looks like a great apple regardless. Maybe next year you will have more fruit to compare.
I have one apple tree that for the last three years I had only one apple on it each season. Odd, I know. Maybe next year I will have two, or more to compare.
Precocity also has a lot to do with rootstocks. My Honey Crisp on an unknown roostock took 7-8 years to bear. On a more dwarf rootstock, it takes only 3-4 years to fruit. After reading up on Northern Spy, it sounds similar. Also, both have biennial tendency.
How, 7-8 years before fruiting. Sounds about the same. I have a Honeycrisp as well. (The leaves look HORRIBLE and sickly each year) I had one smaller apple on it this year. I planted it the same year 2013.
Mine HC could actually took nearly 10 years. I bought the potted tree from a local nursery, one my first two apple trees. The tree itself was at least 2-3 years old. Altogether, it took about 10 years to bear fruit. If you don’t know your NP rootstock, it’s likely a standard rootstock.
Biennialing is also frustrating. This spring, I finally thinned off my HC flowers
( yes, before they had a chance to set fruit) about 70-80% to prevent biennialing. This year it may work. I see fruit spurs on the tree.