This beautiful apple originated about 1850 in Rappahannock, Virginia on the farm of Captain Charles B. Wood. It was once described in old nursery catalogs as “the prettiest apple that grows.” Despite its attractiveness and fine flavor, the apple never gained a following in the South and was thought to be lost until our good friend, Joyce Neighbors of Gadsden, Alabama, found an old tree growing in nearby Wedowee which had been planted in the 1930’s. Thanks to her efforts, this wonderful old apple is once again available. The apple is medium to large with deep dark red skin over a light yellow background. The yellowish flesh is crisp with a fine subacid flavor. Ripens late fall in most areas.