1940’s raised and shows no sign of ageing. It is an unusually crunchy, crisp and juicy early season apple. They grow best in full sun, but will also cope with part-sun. Very Late Ripening Apples. The University of Saskatchewan is always for grafting and developing a few newer varieties of trees that are hardy to – 50°F and even below that. I planted two Semi-dwarf Honeycrisp apple trees and one Semi-dwarf Fireside apple tree this past spring. Northern Apple Trees. Idared was American raised in the 1940’s and I have no hesitation in recommending it even to the nay-sayers who consider it 'boring'. (2 years old and 3-4 feet tall.) Growing Zones: 3-7 Up to 16% off. Fairly solid and juicy, pleasantly refreshing but not too sour. I pondered them all over and over again, but ultimately it still came down to Discovery as the all round best. Try growing a variety like ‘John Downie’ to make your own crab apple jelly, or an upright variety like ‘Golden Hornet’ (pictured) to save space. Maybe you like smaller apples, or maybe your children or grandchildren will, in which case it’s not a problem. Its tart fruit is large and can be eaten fresh, used in jam, preserves, or apple sauce. Crispin is quite a vigorous variety – it’s a triploid which no doubt gives it that extra touch of pedigree health and vigour. 9] DISCOVERY Maybe an obvious choice, but I wanted to include one early season variety. Not only will they crop well in the North and Scotland, they also have frost-resistant flowers. Because taking into account the above qualities discounts the huge majority of them! 4] REDSLEEVES A variety we first championed [and indeed introduced] in the 1980’s and remains a superlative early. The rootstock that a tree is grafted onto may be chosen due to tree size, to encourage early bearing, or to foster disease and pest resistance. Harvest juicy peaches from your own backyard by planting peach trees. For those interested in apple history, Discovery is an Essex raised variety and it first became known in the 1930’s. Apples are the most common fruit tree to grow this far north. Consider the height and spread of the mature apple tree, the length of time the tree takes before bearing fruit, when the apple blossoms and when the fruit is ripe, and if it will take a frost. In the case of zone 3 apple varieties, the rootstock is chosen to promote hardiness. You gain by having more choices and the Jonathan Apple Tree is a first-rate and popular apple. It’s isn’t an overwhelming cropper but it is consistent and yields every year with no tendency to bi-ennial cropping. Gravenstein Apple Tree - One of the largest and hardiest apple trees! 7] SPARTAN I love Spartan, it spoils me on so many fronts and really seems to have ‘everything’ There is only one slight disability that prevents it from ranking higher on this list; it’s so exuberant in it’s cropping that the fruits can be small unless thinned. The Macoun apple is a late season apple that grows in zone 3 and is best eaten out of hand. It isn’t a hard apple, easy to eat, and with an agreeable delicate flavour. Select varieties--such as Harbelle, Harken, Jayhaven or Encore--that are hardy in your specific area. ‘What about such and such variety, how could you miss this one’ – etc etc! There always seem to be plenty in abundance. Spartan is an ideal garden variety and it has superb frost resistance – it originates from Canada so that’s no surprise. It doesn’t have the astringent sharpness of a Granny Smith, but is less sweet than Golden Delicious and manages to combine a refreshing juiciness without being sour nor sickly. Here is a partial list of crabapple cultivars that have proved resistant to apple scab, fire blight, and powdery mildew in the Northeast: Malus 'Louisa'. Apple trees can tolerate extreme cold (think Russia! The fruit is ripe in mid-August through September and is delicious eaten fresh, for apple sauce, and fruit leather. Season August to early September. Malus 'Schmidtcutleaf' Golden Raindrops®. Spartan is at it’s best from October to late November. But the ten I’m about to give you go as far as it’s possible in attaining the title ‘perfect garden apple’. But it's susceptible to a few more apple tree diseases than the Lodi. These include blight, scab, and powdery mildew. Trees for small gardens – crab apple Crab apples are great all-rounders, with plenty of food for wildlife, colourful fruit and spring blossom. The flavour is agreeable, lightly aromatic and sweetish. A crab apple can meet your pollination needs. The medium to large fruit ripen in early September. Wolf River is another late season apple that is disease resistant and is perfect for use in cooking or juicing. Gravenstein is one of the hardiest apple trees. They ripen in mid to late August. We sell cold-hardy fruit trees suited to Canada's northern climate. Dwellers in cooler climates still crave the flavor and satisfaction of growing their own fruit. I doubt Egremont will fade from popularity anytime soon, but Herefordshire Russet is already appearing on our best sellers list, and rightly so. The sculptures will remain on view through October 15. Crabapple trees are desirable for their hardiness, ease of care, brilliant spring blooms and tasty fruit. The Zestar!® apple has a well-balanced sweet-tart taste with a hint of brown sugar. Online Orchards. Buckeye "Autumn Splendor" (Buckeye aesculus) This one grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 6. Norkent apple (zone 2) – Bred in Morden, Manitoba, Norkent is a very hardy tree, with good quality eating apples. Flavour-wise it combines that distinct nutty russet taste with an added depth, an added slightly sharp aromatic quality – a bit like a Cox crossed with a russet. Generally, you can expect to start snacking in 2 to 5 years. This has to be one of the most scab resistant varieties I know; scab is a scourge of many apples and it’s difficult to get rid of; it can spoil entire crops. Quantity. Goodland apples grow to around 15 feet (4.5 m.) in height and 12 feet (3.5 m.) across. Virtually the perfect garden apple tree….. and at last here we are – drum roll……. It also gave us the aforementioned sister seedling ‘Redsleeves’ Greensleeves is a mid season apple that can be enjoyed from late September through to November; it is a moderate sized apple, neither too large nor too small, and is almost enirely green. Will be back in December 2021. Bubbling under – some varieties that could easily have made this list: Sunset, Meridian, Saturn, Red Windsor, Limelight, Falstaff, Jonagold, Fortune, Suntan, Jupiter, Kidds Orange Red. Sorry, sold-out for Spring 2021 orders. Sweet Sixteen is a medium size, crisp and juicy apple with a very unusual flavor – a bit of cherry with spices and vanilla. I will start at number ten then, to gather some suspense as you read through and hopefully you won’t be tempted to skip straight to the coveted number one spot! Crabapples tend to be quite hardy and bloom longer than apple trees, and thus makes a suitable pollinator. Malus 'Sargentii'. 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