Apple Trees for Your Landscape, Baking & Eating

by Digby_Adams

Nothing beats a piece of apple pie made from your own fresh apples. The trees are beautiful to look at as well!

An apple tree will give your landscape a beautiful focal point and give you delicious fruit to enjoy. Having a hard time getting your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. Let them pick their own and you'll see how much more they enjoy it. Plus, this way you know where your fruit is coming from. On days when there are just too many apples to eat make applesauce or apple jelly. Canning and jam making aren't difficult. When January and February come along, you'll love the delicious taste of your own fruit dishes.

Apple Trees

Fuji Apple Trees

Delicious apples for snacking

Fuji Apple Tree
It's always tricky knowing which type of apple tree to plant. Well plant the fuji apple tree, if you want juicy and sweet eating apples. It also has a crisp texture that you'll love biting into. While many of the fuji apples you eat, might be grown in the United States, they might also come from Japan or China (where the majority of Fuji apples are grown). Trust me if they are grown in your backyard they will be even more delicious than the apples that have traveled across the Pacific on container ships.

Not only are fuji apples great to eat, but you'll love the way the fuji apple tree looks in your yard! In the spring you'll love the dainty apple blossoms. This white cloud of flowers also has an amazing scent. As summer passes and the foliage changes, you'll know it's time to pick your fuji apples. Nature Hills has a wonderful selection of fuji apple trees for you to purchase. Learn More.

Gala Apple Trees

You'll love to eat this early-blooming apples in August

Gala Apple Tree
Another fantastic apple for you and your family to snack on. The big plus with gala apple tree fruit is that it often ripens in August, so you can start your apple snacking early. Gala apples are robust and long-lived, as long as six months. So you can expect to have fresh apples well into February!!

You can pace yourself and your crop. Gala also complements the fuji apple tree in that it produces pink apple blossoms instead of white. In my opinion, you can never have too many fragrant apple blossoms in the spring!

You'll need a full-sun area for your gala apple tree to thrive. It's self-polinating. Expect the dwarf version to reach 8 to 10 feet in height, the semi-dwarf will grow from 10 to 15 feet tall. Grows well in Zones 4 to 10. Available from Nature Hills Nursery. Learn More.

Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Perfect apple tree for beginner, produces lots of sweet apples

Golden Delicious Apple Tree
Probably one of the most popular apple trees and fruit in the United States. If you're a beginner apple tree grower, this is a great choice. It's super easy to grow and is a dependable fruit producer. Golden delicious apple meat is sweet, with thin skin and a very crisp texture. Expect yourself and your family to eat one off of the tree all the time. You don't have to pair it with a pollinator, although if you do, it will produce even more apples. Perfect pollinators include the Red delicious apple tree, the Honeycrisp apple tree or the Red Jonathan apple tree.

You can expect the dwarf version to grow from 8 feet to 10 feet tall and the semi dwarf version to be a bit taller at 10 feet to 15 feet. It grows best in sunny, well-drained soil. Expect its blossoms in mid-April and apples in mid-September. The Golden delicious apple tree thrives in Zones 5 - 10. Available from Nature Hills Nursery. Learn More.

An Orchard is a Feast for the Eyes and Stomach

Mature Orchard of Fruit Trees
Mature Orchard of Fruit Trees
Digby Adams

Granny Smith Apple Trees

Tart apples perfect for pies and crisps

Granny Smith Apple Tree
If you want your apples for apple pie and apple crisp, then a Granny Smith apple tree is the one to plant. It's also an impressive landscape tree. The dwarf variety grows from 8 to 10 feet, while the semi-dwarf variety could reach between 15 to 20 feet. Place it in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Granny Smith grows best in Zones 5 - 9. You'll love the fluffy white blossoms in mid-April and the tart apples in late-October, even early-November. These keep well in your refrigerator for at least 4 to 6 months. You'll be baking apple pies and crisps all winter long - the perfect comfort food. Granny Smith trees do need a companion pollinator. A Cortland, Liberty or Pink Lady apple tree would be the perfect one. Available at Nature Hills Nursery. Learn More.

Red Delicious Apple Trees

The most widely grown apple in the world

Red Delicious Apple Tree
The standard by which all other apples are judged. A Red Delicious apple has the perfect red shiny skin and perfect white and sweet flesh. Plant it as an ornamental tree to give your landscape focus or make it part of your orchard. Perfect for eating right off the tree.

In mid-April delicate white blossoms with a hint of pink appear, bringing with them a wonderful scent. Come September you'll be eating this specimen fruit. This long-lived tree could grace your landscape for 50 years! So place it well. It needs lots of sun and well-drained soil. Zones 4 - 7 are best. Available at Nature Hills Nursery. Learn More.

More Apple Trees for Your Garden

Arkansas Black Apple Tree
Perfect apple for cider and cooking.

Ashmead's Apple Tree
Produces an apple with a sweet and sharp flavor, perfect pairing for a cheese plate.

Braeburn Apple Tree
Sweet apples with a tart accent.

Bramley's Seedling Apple Tree
Traditional English baking apples

Cox Orange Pippin Apple Tree
Finest English dessert apple

Gravenstein Apple Tree
Improved strain of a traditional baking apple wonderful for applesauce

How to Grow Apple Trees

Updated: 12/15/2012, Digby_Adams
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Digby_Adams on 07/02/2013

There's nothing like a old-fashioned apple variety. They really do have great flavor.

kimbesa on 07/02/2013

I've been thinking about an old time variety called Transparent, which is very early. We used to have that for applesauce and apple dumplings.

Mira on 11/10/2012

I enjoyed reading about the different varieties of apples. Fuji apples look great. I wonder what they taste like :)

dustytoes on 10/16/2012

In Florida I had an orange tree, but in the north I would love to have an apple tree! I don't think I have the space.

BrendaReeves on 10/16/2012

Gala apples are my favorite. I see from your article that I'm in the right zone to grow them. Thank you for the article. I hadn't even thought of growing apples.

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