There’s nothing like picking fresh apples from the trees in your yard, and this year we offer over 35 different varieties to choose from. You can pick apples from July to early November with these selections.

Several of these are disease resistant varieties that are easier to grow without chemical sprays if you’re looking at the organic or lower effort route.

Apples are offered on different rootstocks that will determine the ultimate size of the tree and the type of soil it will grow in. If your goal is to grow high quality fruit for human consumption, stick with dwarf or semi-dwarf roots since smaller trees are much easier to maintain, and it can all be done without using a ladder. However, if your soil is very sandy, the dwarf roots won’t perform well because they don’t have a large enough root system to feed a tree loaded with fruit. The larger growing rootstocks are well suited for light ground, and also do well on heavier soils.  If you are planting food plot apples, plant semi-dwarf and large growing roots, otherwise the deer will eat your dwarf tree (only once though).  Apple trees on semi-dwarf rootstock will grow 14′-16′ tall if left unpruned, so they are suitable for wildlife food plots.

With more than 35 different varieties offered this year there should be something here for everyone.

Most of these apples will begin bearing fruit in 2-3 years if cared for properly. 




Ambrosia – this is a newer variety that was discovered growing in British Columbia, Canada in the early 1990s. Until 2018, these could only be grown by orchards licensed by the variety’s patent holder to grow it, but the patents have expired in the U.S. and Canada, so now everyone can enjoy this wonderful apple. Fruit is medium-large, with half red over a beautiful soft yellow background color. The cream colored flesh is crisp and juicy, and very sweet with low acidity. It also does not brown quickly like many other apples do.  Trees are hardy to zone 5, and fruit ripens in mid October.

On semi-dwarf (10-12 ft. tall) growing rootstock

Arkansas Black – a large, late season, dark red to almost black apple that can be kept in storage until spring. Makes a good food plot apple because they ripen and drop just before rifle season. Tart flavor that mellows when stored a couple months. A popular cider variety, and an old time favorite still popular today.  Ripens late October – early November

      On large growing rootstock that reaches 15-20 ft in height 

Ashmeads Kernel – is an heirloom variety that’s been around for over 300 years. Fruit is of medium size, greenish, with a heavy brown russet. Flesh is yellow, crisp and juicy, and sweet after storing for a while. Popular for cider. Some people claim this is the best tasting apple in existence!  Trees are cold hardy anywhere in Michigan, fast growing, and early to begin bearing.  Fruit ripens late October.

On Large growing rootstock reaching 20′ in height.


Braeburn – a late ripening, large, conical shaped, mostly red apple with very dense and fine grained flesh. Has a sweet-tart flavor where first picked, but becomes much sweeter in storage. An excellent pie apple that will keep into spring in the refrigerator or cellar. Fruit must be thinned to keep the tree bearing every year. Braeburn is one of the most popular apples in the supermarket for good reason.  Ripens late October – early November.   

     On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10-12 ft. tall


Cameo – is a newer variety that resembles a Red Delicious or Braeburn in shape. Large fruit is mostly red striped over green, and has a wonderful sweet-tart flavor. Apples are very crunchy, juicy, and are excellent long term keepers that can be used for all purposes. Cameo ripens mid to late October and is just a great variety that you will be very pleased with.  Trees are strong, healthy growers that begin bearing at a young age.

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10-12 ft. tall


Chestnut Crabapple – this large fruited crabapple (1 1/2″-2″ diameter) makes a great food plot variety, and is also popular for human consumption with large fruit size and exceptional flavor. Chestnut is commonly planted as a pollinator for other apple varieties with its prolific white bloom, and is also very cold hardy.  A great wildlife food plot variety that ripens throughout September.

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing to about 15 ft tall


Cortland – a very large, round, red over green apple with snow white, slow to brown flesh. Cortlands are very sweet and juicy, and are great for making apple sauce and all other purposes also, but they are not a long keeping apple. Cortland is a very productive, annual bearing tree. It ripens in late September-early October.  Very cold hardy and a great food plot variety.

            On semi-dwarf (10-12 ft.) rootstock

Cox Orange Pippin – is an heirloom variety that originated in England about 200 years ago. It is regarded there as the finest desert apple for its distinctive flavor, unlike any other variety. The fruits are of medium size, with a green to yellow background and a beautiful orange to red blush, To truly experience its flavor, this apple is best picked when ripe on the tree, and therefore is not considered a long keeping variety. Ripens late September – early October.

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10-12 ft tall

Crimson Crisp – this is another disease resistant variety that produces large sized fruit that are 90% red, and begins bearing at an early age. Flesh is very crisp and dense with a fantastic, sweet-tart flavor that sweetens even more in storage. Fruit ripens late September – early October and stores well.  The trees structure is spreading and easy to care for.  This is one of the nicest flavored newer apple varieties, and a great choice for organic growers because of its multiple disease resistance.       A nice food plot variety also.

                                                                                                                                                                                   On large (18′-20′)  rootstock


Dolgo Crabapple – this is a popular food plot variety. Hit back arrow and scroll down to picture of crabapples for complete information. These are small trees and are priced differently than our other apple trees.


Empire – is truly a great apple. This cross of Macintosh and Red Delicious is superior to either of its parents. It was one of the most popular varieties grown in the 1970s and 80s in the midwest and northeast. Fruit is medium in size, and mostly red over green. Flesh is white, crisp, juicy, and of excellent flavor. Great for all uses. Trees are easy to manage and bear annual crops. Very cold hardy also. Ripens early October, and keeps well in refrigeration.  Again, a great apple!!!

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10′-12′ tall


Enterprize – Is a newer disease resistant variety that produces large, deep red fruit with excellent keeping qualities. Ripening in mid October, the apples are firm and somewhat tart when picked, but after storing for a while develop a spicy flavor and a great crunch. Trees grow strong and spreading and are annually productive.  A good organic grower choice that is highly resistant to scab, cedar apple rust and fireblight 

Ripens mid October.  A great food plot variety        On semi-dwarf (10-12 ft. tall) rootstock


Fuji – a medium-large, mostly red over tan or green apple that is exceptionally sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Fuji has become one of the most popular apples, and in my opinion this is one of the worlds best apples. It can be stored into next spring in the fridge. Fruit must be thinned to achieve good size and bear every year. You can grow fujis that look just like the ones in the grocery store. This is also a good food plot apple because the fruit hangs on the tree until late winter. A good shake of the tree will drop some apples for the animals when there’s nothing else to eat.   Ripens in late October.

     On large growing (18′-20′) rootstock


Gala – an early ripening red over yellow apple that has very sweet, crunchy, and juicy yellow flesh. Galas in Michigan grow to medium size, and they ripen in early September. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like Gala’s, and it is now one of the most grown varieties in Michigan. Excellent for caramel apples, pies, sauce, and fresh eating.   

     On dwarf rootstock that grows 8-10 ft tall

Galarina – is a disease resistant variety with fruit so similar to Gala in size, color, and flavor you can’t tell them apart. The main diferences between Galarina and Gala are in ripening season and cold hardiness. Galarina ripens two – three weeks later in late September, and is much hardier (zone 4). The disease resistance makes this a great organic or low spray choice.

On semi-dwarf (10-12 ft tall) rootstock


Gingergold – this is a newer variety of golden delicious that starts ripening in mid August. It produces large, very juicy, crunchy, and sweet fruit about six weeks before regular golden delicious. It is one of the best early season apples I’ve grown. If you like goldens, and even if you don’t, this one is a must have. Truly an excellent apple!!!

      On semi-dwarf root growing 10-12 ft tall


Golden Delicious – another old time favorite that produces large, sweet, juicy, & crunchy yellow apples that store well, in early October. Goldens can be used for all purposes, and have been one of the most popular apples since introduced over 100 years ago.  Be sure to thin this variety to bear every year.   An excellent food plot variety also.

                                                                                 On semi-dwarf ( 10-12 ft)  rootstock


Goldrush – is a disease resistant, very late ripening apple that is know for its unequaled keeping qualities. Fruit is very crisp and tart when picked in early November, but develops an excellent flavor and sweetness after being stored a couple of months. Fruit is yellow with a red blush on the sun exposed side, and the yellow flesh is very slow to brown. Goldrush ripens later than any other variety we offer, so not a good choice for northern areas.

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10-12 ft tall


Granny Smith – everyone knows this apple for its green coloration and tart flavor. In Michigan, grannys often have a reddish cheek on the sunny side of the fruit. This is one of the latest ripening varieties (late October-early November) , and will keep in storage until the following spring. Granny Smith is an annual bearer of large fruit.

        On dwarf (8′-10′ tall) growing rootstock


Honeycrisp – everyone loves this one. It’s sweet, juicy, and super crisp-crunchy. Trees are very cold hardy, and if you can keep from eating them, the apples store pretty well. Produces large red over green fruit and crops annually.  This has become the most sought after and expensive apple I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never tried one you’re really missing out!!!!   Ripens in mid-late September.  Honeycrisp fruit hangs on the tree for a very long time after it’s ripe, so great for food plots also.  Honeycrisp shows good resistance to scab disease, so a good choice for organic growers.

                                                                        On semi-dwarf (10′-12′) and large (14-18 ft) rootstocks

Hyslop Crabapple – is a large fruited variety (1″ or so) with profuse white bloom and very heavy fruit production. Tree is multi purpose as an ornamental, pollinator, and for it’s delicious, deep red edible fruit. This is a great wildlife food plot variety that ripens throughout October. Hyslop is extremely cold hardy and will grow anywhere in Michigan.

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing to 16 ft. tall.

Idared – is a large, mostly red apple with white flesh that’s very juicy, crispy, and has a fabulous, sweet-tart flavor. This variety has been around for over 70 years, and is still highly sought after for fresh eating, pies, and sauce, and also for its long term keeping  qualities. Idared is very cold hardy, and is know to be one of the most dependable cropping apples grown in Michigan. Ripens mid-late October 

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10′-12′ tall


Initial – is a newer, scab resistant variety that produces medium – large apples with a beautiful red blush over a yellow background. Flesh is crisp and juicy with a mild, acidic flavor. This variety ripens in late August and has a tendency to drop when ripe, making it an ideal early food plot variety. Should not be used as a pollinator for other apples, as it is pollen sterile. Plant at least two different varieties near it.

                                                                                                                           On large growing (18-20 ft) rootstock


Jonagold – as the name suggests, is a cross of Jonathan and Golden Delicious. This large, mostly red over yellow apple ripens in early October, and has an outstanding flavor with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. If you’ve never tasted a Jonagold, you are truly missing out. Excellent for all uses and makes an exceptional sauce or pie.

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing to 10-12 ft.

Jonathan – is an old variety that was once one of the most popular apples grown in the midwest.  Apples are mostly red over green, medium  in size, and have crisp, juicy, white flesh with a sweet-tart taste. Jonathan is an excellent fresh eating, pie, and sauce apple that also keeps fairly well.  Ripens in late September

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10′-12′ tall

Kingston Black – is one of the best varieties for hard cider production. This 200 year old English variety produces a small, dark red apple that is not for fresh eating unless you’re really brave. It’s considered bittersharp in flavor with high acid and tannin levels. This apple can be used for a single variety cider, and ripens in mid-late October.

On semi-dwarf (10′-12′ ft.) growing rootstock


Liberty – this is another variety that is resistant to all the apple diseases and very easy to grow. Fruit is large, red and round with a sweet-tart flavor and crunchy yellow flesh. I can’t say enough about this variety that ripens in late September-early October and keeps for a couple of months in the fridge. Easy to manage trees are early to begin bearing and produce heavy annual crops. This is one of the easiest apples to grow and even with a lot of neglect will still produce nice fruit.  A great organic choice, also a nice food plot apple.

                On large (16-20 ft.) rootstock


Macintosh –  is an excellent early fall variety that ripens in  mid – late September. Medium – large in size, Macs are mostly red over a green background with snow white flesh that is extremely sweet when fully ripe. A great sauce and fresh eating apple. Although this variety is over 200 years old, it’s still one of the most popular apples grown in Michigan.  Very cold hardy also.

        On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10-12 ft. tall


Manchurian Crabapple – is a beautiful white flowering crabapple that makes an excellent ornamental or pollinator for most other large fruited apple varieties. Fruit is about 1/2″ in diameter and is consumed by game and song birds throughout the winter when food is scarce. These are a very cold hardy and tough flowering crabapple.

On semi-dwarf root growing to around 15′ tall


Northern Spy – the old Northern Spy apples are large and red over green in color, with a flattened shape, and make the best pies. Every old farm had a Spy tree because the apples would keep in the cellar until the following summer. This variety has been grown in the midwest and northeast for over 100 years, and is still highly sought after.  Apples ripens in mid October, and are available on semi-dwarf root stock so you don’t have to wait 15 years for your first fruit.

        On semi-dwarf (10-12 ft) rootstock


Pink Lady – this newer variety from Australia is becoming very popular all over the world. Fruit is medium – large in size and half red over a green background. The cream colored flesh is very crisp and juicy with a wonderful sweet-tart flavor, and they keep very well.   Ripens in early-mid October. This is one of the nicest new varieties.

     On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10-12 ft. tall


Pristine – is a wonderful, early ripening, disease resistant yellow apple that resembles a Yellow Transparent. Looks is where any similarity ends though. Pristine is medium-large in size, and quite firm and crisp, with a wonderful sweet flavor with just the right amount of tartness. Apples are multi purpose, and great for fresh eating, pies, and sauce. Also keeps several weeks in the cooler, unlike Transparent.  A good organic choice with multiple disease resistance. Ripens later July-early August

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10′-12′ tall


Red Rome Beauty – is an old time favorite that is one of the best apples for baking, and is also great for cider and drying. It’s a late ripening, large, all red apple that is very firm and tart when first picked. After storing for a while (one of the best for storage) it softens and sweetens to a very nice eating apple. The tree is hardy, late blooming, and easy to manage.     Fruit ripens late in October.

                                                                                                            On large rootstock growing 15-20 ft. tall

Smokehouse – this one has been around since the 1800’s and is still a great apple today. Fruit is large, flattish shaped, and yellow with some red striping and keeps very well. The yellow flesh is firm, very juicy, and highly flavored. They are great for fresh eating, cooking, pies, and cider. Smokehouse is an early bearing, heavy producing and reliable variety ripening in mid October.   

On semi-dwarf (10-12 ft) rootstock

Wine Crisp – this newer disease resistant variety produces a medium – large sized apple with deep red skin that has a rough finish to it. Flesh is very firm, crisp, and juicy with a nice balance of sweet – tart, and spicy flavor. Apples ripen mid – late October and store six months or more in cold storage.  This is a great organic variety with its multiple disease resistance.

On semi-dwarf root growing 10′-12′ tall

Wolf River – this heirloom variety originated almost 150 years ago in Wisconsin, and produces the biggest apples you’ve ever seen. Apples are green with a good amount of red blush, white flesh is excellent for pies, sauce, baking, and drying, but not the best eating apple in the world. A pie can often be made from 2-3 apples.Trees are very cold hardy and rapid growing.  Wolf River is very resistant to scab, cedar apple rust, and fireblight, so this is a good choice for organic growers.  Although trees are on semi dwarf root, they grow larger that other semi-dwarf varieties.  A good food plot apple that ripens throughout September to early October.

On semi-dwarf root growing 12′-16′ tall


Yellow Newton Pippin – another old timer (1750’s) that produces medium-large yellow fruit that ripens later in October. Many people say they have a pineapple flavor, and they are an excellent pie and cider apple. Supposedly this was George Washington’s favorite apple, and he was a really smart guy!  A good food plot variety.     Keeps well too.

On large growing rootstock reaching 15-20ft. tall


Yellow Transparent – is the earliest ripening apple available. Every old farm had at least one of these, because in the old days, fresh apples weren’t available year around like now, and Transparents were the first fresh apple you saw in a while. These are green in color and turn yellow when ripe. They make excellent sauce, pies and are great for eating fresh if you like sour green apples, or soft yellow apples. Trees will bear every other year if you don’t thin some of the fruit when it’s 1/2″ in diameter.   Ripens mid July – early August. 

On semi-dwarf root growing 10′-12- tall


Zestar – is one of the best flavored apples in the early season, or any season for that matter. Fruit is half red over green, large in size with crisp, juicy, sweet-tart flesh. This University of Minnesota introduction is very cold hardy, so can be planted anywhere in Michigan.  Trees are of medium vigor and very easy to manage.   Truly a great apple!!!

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10′-12′ tall



Last Modified on September 9, 2021
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