Spring Garden Tips

Apple

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Photo:  Scott Bauer, USDA ARS

Botanical Name

Malus

Hardiness

Zones 3 to 8

Height

3 feet (mini-dwarf) to 30 feet (standard)

Width

2 feet (columnar) to 25 feet (standard)

Flowers

White and pink

Fruit

Red, green or yellow pome; greater than 2 inches in diameter

Fall Color

Yellow

Light

Full sun

Soil

Moist, well-drained

Planting and Care

You will need two different apple trees for pollination and fruit set. Plant two if there are no crabapples or other species nearby. Select a tree on a dwarf rootstock for smaller size and is easier to manage and for earlier production

Problems

Scab, fireblight, apple maggot, codling moth, tent caterpillar

Varieties to Consider

Look for the most disease resistant cultivars available in your area.

Anna, Dorsett Golden and Tropic Sweet are low chill apples for milder regions.

Did You Know

Apple blossoms are edible. Limit consumption as the flowers, like the seeds, can be toxic if eaten in excess.

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