Apples

 

There’s nothing like picking fresh apples from the trees in your yard, and this year we offer over 25 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  should be kept 9′-12′ for high quality fruit production, but will grow 14′-16′ tall if left un-pruned, so they are suitable for wildlife food plots.

With more than 25 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. 

 

ALL APPLE TREES ARE PRICED AT $26.50 ea.

 

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.   This rootstock should only be planted on well drained ground

On larger growing (14-18 ft. tall) 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. Excellent for all purposes, and a popular cider variety, An old time favorite still popular today.  Ripens late October – early November

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


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.) and large (16′-20′)  rootstocks.

 

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.  SOLD OUT

                                                                                                                                                                        On semi-dwarf (10′-12′)  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. No other apple has the flavor of Empire!  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 large (15′-20′) tall growing rootstocks.

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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. Enterprize is a great food plot variety that ripens in mid – late October

         On semi-dwarf (10′-12′ ft).  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 semi dwarf (10′-12′) and large growing (18′-20′) rootstocks.

 

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 semi- dwarf rootstock that grows 8′-10′ 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 differences 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. Fruit is very sweet and juicy.  SOLD OUT

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 large growing ( 16-20 ft)  rootstock


Granny Smith – everyone knows this apple for its green coloration and tart flavor. In Michigan, grannies 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.     SOLD OUT

        On large (15′-20′ 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.     SOLD OUT

                                                                        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.    SOLD OUT

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 because of its extended bloom period is know to be one of the most dependable cropping apples grown in Michigan. Idared is also an excellent pollinator for other apple varieties        Ripens mid-late October. 

On large rootstock growing 16′-20′ tall

 

Jonamac – is a cross of Jonathan and Macintosh with a flavor superior to either. Apples are half red over green, medium-large in size, and have crisp, juicy, white flesh with a sweet-tart taste that intensifies with storage. Jonamac is an excellent fresh eating, pie, and sauce apple that also keeps fairly well. Jonamac blooms over an extended period and is an excellent pollinator for other varieties, and a very reliable producer even with frosty spring weather.     Ripens in mid-late September

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

 

Liberty – this is another variety that is very disease resistant and 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.    SOLD OUT

             On large (16-20 ft.) rootstocks.

 

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

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Mutsu – is a huge yellow apple that resembles a Golden Delicious, and has a similar flavor. They are great for fresh eating, sauce, cider, and a pie can often be made from just a couple of apples. Trees produce some of the highest volume of fruit of any apple variety grown today. These originated in Japan long ago, and are quite sought after by folks familiar with them when they ripen in mid – late October. Trees grow quickly to a large size and are a great food plot variety because of their enormous production. Mutsu will not pollinate other apple trees, and must be planted near two other apple varieties for proper pollination.

On large growing (16′-20′) tall rootstock.

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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

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Nova Spy – is a great disease resistant apple that is very similar to Northern Spy in appearance, flavor, and ripening season. Nova Spy hails from Canada, so the tree is very cold hardy. It also begins producing at a younger age than Northern Spy. This is a great variety for organic growers with multiple disease resistance. Ripens in mid October, and keeps until the following spring in cold storage. SOLD OUT

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

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Redfree – is a beautiful, very early ripening variety that is disease resistant, and produces large, highly flavored, mostly red fruit that ripens in early August. These are great for fresh eating and pies, as the fruit is firm and juicy. Trees are very grower friendly and easy to manage. If you can’t wait for the first apples every year, this one is a must have!   This rootstock must be planted on well drained ground,  SOLD OUT

On semi-dwarf rootstock growing 10′-14′ 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

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Whitney Crabapple – is an earlier ripening, large fruited crabapple that has been around forever. Fruits are 1 1/2″- 2″ in diameter, red striped over yellow with a crisp sweet tart flavor. This variety is relished for its excellent fruit that’s prized for fresh eating, pickling, cider, and jelly. Whitney is a very heavy producing  food plot variety that ripens in late August through September and pollinates other apples with a long bloom period.   This rootstock requires well drained ground.   SOLD OUT

On large growing rootstock reaching 15′-18′ tall

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Winter Banana – this heirloom variety is one of the most beautiful apples in existance!!! The medium-large fruits are a soft yellow color with a pink blush, and have a light banana flavor that when added to cider, will be the best you’ve ever tasted. Winter Banana is an excellent pollinator for most other apple varieties.The fruit that is good for all purposes ripens in October, keeps excellent until spring. SOLD OUT

On dwarf (8′-10′) tall rootstock


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

 

 


Last Modified on April 4, 2022
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