The Northeast’s most popular apple in the second half of the 19th century, ‘Baldwin’ originated in Wilmington, Massachusetts, in 1740. The variety was first named ‘Woodpecker’ because the trunk of the original tree had been assaulted unmercifully by woodpeckers, and then ‘Butters,’ after the orchard’s one-time owner. The skin is thick and on the tough side. Flesh is yellow, crisp, coarse and juicy, with a spicy character that is good in cider and pies. Keeps well and ripens in late September or October. ‘Baldwin’ is a triploid variety and not a good pollenizer for other apples.