Apple trees need another variety to be productive. That variety needs to be blooming at the same time and be within 100 ft of the apple tree. In order to have successful pollination, it is necessary to have two different varieties of apple trees. Most apple varieties are self-unfruitful, which means their blossoms must be fertilized with the pollen of a separate variety in order to achieve good fruit set. It's important to choose varieties that have compatible pollen and bloom times. If you have only one apple tree in your yard or incompatible varieties, all is not lost. Crabapple pollen fertilizes apple blossoms. So if you have a crabapple in the vicinity that blooms concurrently with your apple tree, you're in business.
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|Braeburn: Late harvest season-Excellent flavor-Ripens late Oct. with excellent storage life. Large and excellent for fresh eating. It is crisp, without being hard, and very juicy. It snaps cleanly to the bite, and there is an immediate rush of strong apple flavors. The overall flavor is sharp and refreshing but with a good balance of sweetness. Wonderful for cooking or for eating fresh. A medium to large apple and a heavy producer.has a long storage life. The skin is green overlaid with broad stripes of dark crimson. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 6,500 ft.|
|Cortland: Very Hardy, Well known McIntosh variety. Medium sized bright red with a spritely tropical flavor. Fruit is large and somewhat flat-Flesh is crisp, tender and juicy. Excellent for eating and cooking. Cortland is at its best when eaten soon after being picked. An interesting characteristic of Cortland is that the flesh does not go brown very rapidly after being cut. Ripe Mid to late Sept. Cortland is an excellent dessert and processing apple, sweet with a hint of tartness and tender white flesh. A heavy bearer and a great pollinator for all other apples. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft|
|Empire: (McIntosh and Red delicious) Attractive fruit with red blushed skin. Sweet flavor, firm texture. Blooms mid-season and is an excellent pollen source for other apples. Disease resistant. High elevation O.K. It is an ideal lunch-box apple, not least because it does not bruise easily. Empire has all the qualities growers look for, easy maintenance, strong well-shaped trees, attractive apples, and heavy crops - no biennial bearing here! Ripens early October.|
|Fireside: A Super Hardy and disease resistant apple, prolific grower. The Fireside apple tree produces large red striped fruit with yellowish flesh sweet, pleasant flavor. The aroma of apples at room temperature can permeate a kitchen. Ripens mid to late October, is resistant to cedar-apple rust. Excellent for eating or desserts. Long-keeping and flavorful, these apples can usually be harvested in October. The tree is vigorous and hardy, with resistance to cedar apple rust. A cross between the McIntosh and the Longfield apples. Needs a pollinator. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,000|
|Fuji: Fuji is surely one of the more attractive modern apple varieties. Its main characteristic is the lovely pink speckled flush over a yellow-green background. It is also crisp and juicy, with dull white flesh which snaps cleanly. The flavor is sweet, very refreshing (especially if slightly chilled). Great for baking and sauces too. Grown throughout Colorado- Ripens Late October-Tree is vigorous and highly productive- Does well in high elevations. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,000 ft|
It has to be said that if you want a
reliable sweet easy-eating apple, Gala is actually hard to beat. Tree is large- Skin is
bright scarlet striped with yellow-Flavor is
semi sweet, tart, flesh is hard and crisp- Apple is excellent quality-Keeps
very well. Self fruitful-Does well in high
elevations. Hardy, easy to grow. Ripens
early September. One of the most widely-grown apple varieties .
Did I say it was Self Pollinating?
Hardy to -30°
Maximum elevation: 8,000 ft
|Granny Smith: Green, hard, crispy, juicy. Good for fresh eating and sauces. Technically a zone 6 apple. Not recommended in elevations above 5800. However due to popularity and diversity of elevation, we do carry variety for a short time in spring .Hardy to -20° Maximum elevation: 5,800 ft.|
|Gravenstien Apple: The Red Gravenstein Apple is considered by many to be one of the best all-around apples with a sweet, tart flavor and is especially good for baking and cooking. Blooms Mid-Spring, Apples ripen Early August. Pairs well with Gala and Norland for pollination|
One of the
hardiest! Likes high elevations.
Fruit is medium size-Red, firm, crisp,
tart, tangy and juicy-The tree bears a good
crop at an early age. Awesome producer.
Great texture. Good dual purpose
apple. They ripen in late September
through early October. Did I mention
hardy? Disease resistant too.
Hardy to -40°
Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft
Another great hardy variety for
almost anywhere in Colorado. Also does fantastic in high
elevations. Exceptionally crispy and juicy-One of the most
popular due to its ease of growth and wonderful flavor- ripens
in September. An excellent eating apple, can be used for
cooking and baking.
Hardy to -35°
Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft
(Yellow Delicious and
Haralson) Med. to
Lg. yellow apple-Crisp,
juicy, sweet with very good flavor.
Excellent multi purpose
apple. Good in higher
elevations like its
parents. Ripens late
September. Hardy ! A
cold-tolerant apple, a
hardy substitute for
developed especially for
cold northern areas.
Fruits are golden
yellowish green with a
bronze blush, ripen in
early October and keep
well. Flavor is sweeter
and more bland than
Golden Delicious, like a
Golden Delicious with a
kiss of honey. Apples
are best used for fresh
eating, pies, salads,
and sauce. Honeygold has
a storage life of 3
Susceptible to fire
Hardy to -50º
Maximum elevation: 7,500 ft
Well known for
for fresh eating
and awesome for
production at an
it's hard to
down once it
October. It holds
its flavor and
for months in
Liberty is an
variety and can
An awesome apple
Hardy to -30°
Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft
|Lodi: An excellent early apple. Fruits resemble Yellow Transparent but are larger and keep longer. Makes superb applesauce and mouthwatering pies. Hardy, productive, and quite resistant to apple scab. Ripens late July to early August. Does well in higher elevations.|
|Macoun: A McIntosh variety desert apple. Good storage life. Hardy. Macoun apples are an apple that is extra sweet, aromatic, juicy with a hint of Crunch. Macoun are known as a perfect apple with a little cheese and wine. Macoun Apples are also great for salads and sauce. Ripens late October.|
|McIntosh: Widely used throughout Colorado. Tree has vigorous growth habits-very hardy and likes high elevations. Apple is medium size, sweet, red and tender. Good for desert and cider.
Ripens Mid to late September. The McIntosh apple is a early and
heavy producer. It's a favorite apple for eating out of hand but
also is widely used in salads, sauces, pies. It is a mainstay in
fresh cider and an all-time favorite for fresh eating and
salads. The McIntosh style is typified by attractive dark red or
(more often) crimson colors, and a crunchy bite, often with
bright white flesh. The flavor is simple and direct, generally
sweet but with refreshing acidity. They keep reasonably well,
yet are best fresh off the tree for crunch. McIntosh is without
doubt one of the great North American apple varieties and has
been crossed with many other apple varieties. Excellent
Fireblight resistant and available in "sprayless" form.
Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft
|Norland: An extremely hardy early season apple tree, ripening late August. It is a large, sweet apple, yellow-green with a red blush. Attractive color, good quality apple. Good for cooking or eating. Very productive and fruits early in life.|
Tree is large and upright-Fruit is medium sized-Red juicy apple waxy skin-Famous at supermarkets due to its long storage life.
Many people think this apple has a mealy texture, they have yet
to get one straight off of the tree. Long shelf
life can be attributed to this texture. Eat Fresh!
Hardy to -30°
Hardy to 8500 ft elevation. Ripens mid-October
|Spartan: Tree is strong and heavy producer-Fruit is red-Apple is crisp, firm and juicy-Very aromatic. Good shelf life. Good for fresh eating and deserts. Ripens early October.|
Wealthy: Striped red fruit with a tart balanced flavor, Multi-purposed apple but especially good for cooking. Often bears fruit the first year. The Wealthy apple tree is an older variety of apple and is an old-time favorite in many cold climates because it is so hardy. The fruit produced is yellowish apple red stripes and tends to be large and very crispy. With its distinct flavor, it is excellent for pies, sauces and juices as well as fresh eating. The fruit matures in early September and is a great all purpose apple that stores well too.
|Winesap: Late harvest season-Med size fruit that is yellow with red stripes-Wine like flavor, Apple is crisp and juicy with coarse texture. Good for canning and keeps well. Ripens Mid-October. The Winesap apple is an old apple variety and is still one of the leading strains being grown in the US. Winesap apple trees are well known and widely grown for their crisp tangy fruit. The fruit is round, medium in size and has bright to deep red speckled skin when it ripens in September or October. It keeps well and is great for fresh eating, dessert, canning or juice because of its tart flavor. Winesap apple trees need pollinators such as Gala, Red or Golden Delicious. This apple cannot pollinate other apple varieties. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft|
Early harvest season-Gigantic sour apples-An old variety that is hardy and long lived. Primarily used to feed many as a cooking apple. Up to 5" diameter fruit!
Ripens Early October. Hardy to -30°
Maximum elevation: 7,500 ft
|Yellow Delicious: Hardy upright tree. Fruit is medium to large with a golden appearance. Long shelf life and tree hardiness makes this one of the country's most popular apples and is always a fall favorite. Crunchy if eaten fresh. Bears fruit on young trees. Good producer. The Yellow Delicious apple tree produces tasty apples that are extra juicy, crisp and sweet without any trace of bitterness or tartness. This large golden apple ripens late with a fine, sweet flavor that makes it great for cooking, baking, sauces, and for eating fresh. A very reliable pollinator for other apple varieties. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft|
|Yellow Transparent: Skin is clear yellow and flesh is white-Precious and productive tree. Tree is tall. Best used for cooking with its tenderness and tart flavor- Heavy producer and has good disease resistance. Short life when ripe. Harvest in Mid-October. Hardy to -30° Maximum elevation: 8,500 ft|