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Black Gilliflower or Sheepnose Apple

Black Gilliflower or Sheepnose Apple

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Black Gilliflower Apple

Malus domestica 'Black Gilliflower (Sheepnose)'

Black Gilliflower produces large, dark red, almost black colored fruit.  It is large, long and conical in shape.  Its greenish-white flesh has a distinctive aroma and is rich, but with a mild sweet flavor.  It is prized for baking and drying.  The tree is healthy, vigorous and fruitful.  Ripens in September to October.  Fruit hangs well, but becomes drier when overripe.

Alternate Names:Black Sheepnose, Black Spitz, Black Spitzenburg, Crow's Egg, Gilliflower, Red Gilliflower, Sheepnose


12-15 Feet



10-15 Feet


Hardiness Zone


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Item # Description Price
3837 Black Gilliflower Apple on Dwarf (G935) root - Medium 7-16-1/2" caliper grade (FFT) $28.49 Add to Cart

Malus domestica 'Black Gilliflower (Sheepnose)'
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Many heirloom varieties have some natural resistance to apple scab and other diseases, since they were often discovered and grown well before fruit growers started to use chemicals for disease control.  However, you may still want to be vigilant about fire blight, apple scab, and other fungal diseases and spray when the need arises.  Protect from insect damage like normal.








A Little History about Black Gilliflower Apple

Black Gilliflower has been around since the late 1700s and is thought to have come from Connecticutt.

Malus domestica 'Black Gilliflower (Sheepnose)' Characteristics & Attributes

Bloom Character
Pollinizer needed
Mid-season blooming
Fruit Characteristics
Large fruit
Growth Rate/Habit
Average vigor
Early to bear
Very productive
Harvest Period
Early fall
Other Attributes
Complex flavor
Site Requirements
Full Sun
Skill Required
Average skill
Cooking or baking
Good for drying