The Honeycrisp Apple is consistently one of the best-selling apples trees on the market and one of the best fruit trees for cold weather. One of the benefits of this tree is that the delicious round yellow fruit that ripen in September don’t immediately drop, so you can take your time picking them. Plus, the apples keep until roughly April in storage and retain their crispness. This apple can be used for cooking and baking.
Note: This tree requires another type of apple tree within 500 feet to act as a pollinator. You may want to look around your neighborhood to see if another apple tree exists already.
This tree only grows to 20 feet and spreads an equal distance so it is the perfect size for an urban or suburban garden. Its low canopy makes it ideal for planting under power lines or in other such troublesome locations as well as convenient in picking apples without needing an extension ladder. It needs full sun for optimal growth and you can increase your fall yield if you plant another variety of apple tree close by to aid in pollination.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft
Red Delicious Apple
Malus sylvestris 'Red Delicious'
The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple tree in the world. It should be noted that Red Delicious and Golden Delicious (the other ArborAdvisor recommended apple tree) are entirely different varieties of apple tree. Red Delicious apples are sweet, but very mild in flavor. The flesh is juicy with a light crispness. Blooms appear around mid April, with fruit ripening around mid September.
NOTE: Unlike the Golden Delicious, this tree needs a different variety of apple tree nearby for pollination. It may be smart to look around your property (100 yards) to see if a neighbor already has an apple tree which would act as a pollinator for your tree.
This tree can grow to between 15-20 feet tall with an equal spread, resulting in relatively rounded crown and pleasing landscape appearance which can last up to 50 years. In the spring, clusters of small white flowers with subtle pink hues will adorn its branches with their fragrant elegance. In the summer, dark green leaves adorn a rounded shape which turns a brilliant yellow in autumn, sprinkled with deep red fruit.
This is a hardy tree that grows very well in the Colorado Front Range.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum elevation: 7,500 ft.
Yellow Golden Delicious Apple
This highly productive tree produces more delicious apples than you can find in supermarkets. The large, golden yellow apples ripens in late September and have a crisp sweet flavor. A favorite for cooking, baking, and eating fresh. Yellow Golden Delicious apples store well, and can last 3-6 months if refrigerated. It typically takes 3 years after planting until the tree begins to produce fruit.
ArborAdvisor promotes planting the semi-dwarf variety for Colorado which grows to between 12-15 feet tall with a similar width, requiring less garden space. This also allows you to pick the apples without needing a tall ladder to reach the top. This is a nice looking small tree which has beautiful pink and white spring flowers. The flowers are followed by smooth green leaves which casts a nice shade underneath. The tree's leaves turn a beautiful yellow in the fall.
Full sun is required and it is recommended that the tree is pruned annually. The Yellow Golden Delicious Apple tree requires watering in the summer heat especially in the first couple years after planting while the roots are getting established. These trees are best planted in lawn areas and as an accent tree. It is cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. This is a self-pollinating tree, meaning, you only have to plant one to get fruit. If you're planting other apple trees, this tree acts as a very reliable pollinator for other apple varieties.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum elevation: 7,000 ft.
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