Malus pumila ‘Smokehouse’
757 Sylvan Road, Lancaster PA (Rohrerstown)
This tree, estimated at 100-140 years old, is still producing apples. As the growing and transporting of apples became mainstream in America, only a handful of varieties were put into mass production; the others (including the Smokehouse) were more or less cast to the wayside. The Smokehouse variety originated in 1837 with a seedling discovered growing next to the smokehouse on William Gibbons’ farm in Mill Creek PA. The Kuzdro tree is expected to die in the next several years; however a new tree (second photo) has been grafted with scion wood from the old tree and is growing at the same address.
This amazing variety of tree bears fruit from a young age and provides a quality all-purpose apple that is excellent for cooking, eating, baking, and cider.