Spring Order Book For Fruit Trees 2017
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Malus domestica ‘Gala’
Even though it’s often stored for months and then shipped halfway around the world before ever reaching the supermarket, Gala apple tree is one of America’s favorite varieties. So just imagine what a ripe, juicy, FRESH Gala apple will taste like when you pick it off your own tree! After you’ve grown your own Galas, you may not be able to go back the buy apples at the supermarket again. This sweet, fragrant apple is tops for packing in a lunch box, and it also cooks down into a delectable applesauce, making it a little easier for even the pickiest of eaters of the family to get their “apple a day.”
Malus domestica ‘Honeycrisp’
Even though it’s often the most expensive apple at the grocery store, the Honeycrisp Apple has achieved nearly cult status—it’s that good! This extra-juicy, super-sweet treat is the ultimate healthy, gulten-free snack and when you grow a tree at home, you’ll get to have your fill and not spend a fortune at the supermarket. Why are Honeycrisp so expensive? A major reason is because their skin is thin, and they bruise easily in shipping, but when you grow a Honeycrisp tree in your own backyard, you’ll only have to transport the fruit from the tree to the table. At most, you’ll be transporting them to your refrigerator, so that each juicy bite of this incomparable apple will become even more refreshing.
Golden Delicious Apple
Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’
If you love the smooth, sweet, mellow flavor of the Golden Delicious apple (a.k.a. Yellow Delicious apple), you’re not alone. This people-pleaser ranks near the top of the list of America’s favorite apples. Only Red Delicious outranks it, and that variety’s hold on the number one spot is slipping. But here the thing—if you have only eaten supermarket Golden Delicious apples, you probably don’t even realize how scrumptious this variety truly is! Golden Delicious apples destined for the mass market are usually picked unripe, stored for months, and shipped hundreds of miles away. A Golden Delicious apple picked fresh and perfectly ripe off your own tree, on the other hand, will be honey-sweet and bursting with flavor. You’ll be amazed the difference.
Malus domestica ‘Fuji’
Crisp, juicy, and super-sweet, the Fuji apple is a flavor favorite in Asia, and it has been climbing the popularity charts in the U.S. as well—giving Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala a run for their money. Having a Fuji Apple Tree in your backyard orchard will put this tasty treat right outside your door. This is snacking you can feel good about, too! Scientists continue to make new discoveries about the benefits of regular apple eating, from blood sugar regulation to cancer prevention. This mild variety is gentle on tender stomachs and has been known to help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux disease.
Malus domestica ‘Gravenstein’
Our Gravenstein Apple tree is a delightful heirloom Apple variety that is losing out to the demands of our modern industrial food system. Because Gravenstein apples have a short shelf life, commercial buyers don’t want to mess with them, opting instead for less flavorful varieties that ship and store well. If you taste a Gravenstein apple, though, you’ll understand why this cherished old variety has hung on in backyards and small family orchards for almost 350 years! It’s crisp, tart, and very juicy, with just a touch of honey flavor to mellow it out. The fruit is delicious right off the tree and also makes mouth-watering pies, tarts, cakes, crumbles, and applesauce.
3 in 1 Apple
Malus domestica ‘3 in 1’
Now here’s a conversation piece for your garden that’s not only fun but functional: our First Fruits™ 3-in-1 Apple tree will give you three different kinds of apples from one tree! This funky tree looks pretty much like any other Apple tree, but our growers have cleverly grafted three different varieties to it. This ingenious creation saves space, and many home growers find that one tree meets their apple needs anyway. Your tree may include any three of the following Apple varieties: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red McIntosh, Braeburn, Winesap, Jonathan, Melrose, Wealthy, Gravenstein, Yellow Transparent, Semi-Dwarf Yellow Transparent, Semi-Dwarf Fuji, or Semi-Dwarf Gala. We cannot guarantee which three varieties you’ll receive.
Malus domestica ‘Cortland’
The Cortland Apple is an heirloom apple that has been a favorite of many since the time your grandparents or even great-grandparents were kids. With a Cortland Apple Tree in your yard, you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of this sweet, juicy classic just like they did. In fact, the flavor is most intense right off the tree and declines somewhat in storage, so the way to truly appreciate this variety is to avoid store-bought apples and grow your own tree. Cortland apples that have been in storage for a while are still great for cooking and will make mouth-watering pies, strudels, cakes, jellies, and applesauce.
Golden Sentinel Apple
Malus domestica ‘Golden Sentinel’
The Golden Sentinel™ Columnar Apple is a revolutionary tree that gives you the freedom to enjoy flavorful homegrown apples no matter how limited your garden space may be. You can even grow it in a large pot on the patio. With virtually no side branches, Golden Sentinel™ Apple forms a svelte pole shape, making it easy to squeeze into any sunny nook in your landscape. Lovely white Apple blossoms in spring will kick off the growing season, followed by a generous crop of luscious, juicy yellow fruits that ripen in September and October. Plant Golden Sentinel™ in the vicinity of another Apple or Crabapple Tree, such as Scarlet Sentinel™,to ensure good pollination and fruit set.
Red Delicious Apple Espalier
Malus domestica ‘Red Delicious’
The Red Delicious is America’s apple, the classic lunch box treat. This deep red beauty has a sweet, mellow taste, with no trace of acidity like some other apples. In fact, its lack of acidity makes it a popular home remedy for acid reflux! We have trained the Red Delicious Apple Tree to grow flat in an espalier form, which will make for easy picking come harvest time (no ladder required). This Apple Tree Espalier will also add a striking sculptural element to your landscape. Red Delicious opens its pretty white flowers in mid-season and will need another variety of Apple or Crabapple nearby in order to set fruit, so include a friend for your tree if your neighbors don’t happen to have one.
Granny Smith Apple
Malus domestica ‘Granny Smith’
The refreshing tartness of a crisp Granny Smith apple from your own tree will add zing to your fall salads and make for bold and lively snacking out of hand. Of course, this classic cooking apple’s pucker power can be tamed with sugar—Granny Smith bakes up into mouth-watering pies, tarts, and turnovers. If you happen to live in an area with a very long growing season, you may even get the chance to taste a Granny Smith apple that has sweetened naturally (something you would never experience with store-bought apples). Given enough frost-free days, the fruit will begin to turn yellow, and the flavor will mellow.
Malus domestica ‘Empire’
Empire is an apple known for its deep purple-red color, crisp but juicy texture, sweet and somewhat pineappley flavor, and its ability to be knocked around in lunch box without bruising. Empire apples also store well in the refrigerator, though the flavor is better when fresh—and you don’t get any fresher than picked off your own tree! We are pleased to offer this quality, relatively easy-to-grow Apple tree as part of our First Fruits™ line of fruit trees. If you’ve never grown Apple trees before, Empire is a good beginner’s tree, especially if you live in the Northeastern U.S., where this tree does best.
Malus domestica ‘Braeburn’
Braeburn apples, which first appeared in the 1950s, were revolutionary in that they were the first supermarket apples that rivaled the richness of flavor of many of the heirloom varieties. No other mass produced apple at the time had achieved such a fine balance of sweet-tart appley goodness, and Braeburn today is still one of the finest tasting supermarket apples you can buy. But here’s the thing: Braeburn apples destined for the market are usually picked slightly underripe. You’ll probably never know the complex depth of flavor this variety is capable of until you try one right from the tree! Plant a Braeburn Apple Tree in your backyard today, and you’ll look forward to exquisite gourmet snacking each fall.
Scarlet Sentinel Apple
Malus domestica ‘Scarlet Sentinel’
The Scarlet Sentinel™ Columnar Apple Tree is an Apple Tree in skinny jeans! This sleek, modern take on the traditional fruit tree has a cool, compact, narrow-columnar shape that adds a distinctive vertical element to any landscape, while taking up hardly any room at all. It also produces beautiful white Apple blossoms in spring. Far from simply being eye candy, however, Scarlet Sentinel™ is practical as well. In September and October, the crisp, juicy, red-blushed apples will ripen and provide your family with plenty of healthy snacking. Plant Scarlet Sentinel™ near another Apple or Crabapple Tree for good fruit set—or better yet, pair it with our Golden Sentinel™ Columnar Apple Tree, and the dashing duo will pollinate each other.
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