Heirloom Apple Trees
A great collection of heirloom and uncommon grafted apple trees. They are all grafted onto EMLA 7 Rootstock which produces a semi-dwarf tree, standing 12-15' in height at maturity without pruning. It has exceptional winter hardiness and good anchorage. It does well in most soils, especially deep, fertile soil versus light sandy or heavy clay. Good for high lead or arsenic residue soils and old orchard sites with replant problems. EMLA 7 is moderately resistant to crown rot and very resistant to fireblight.
Ashmead's Kernel - a versatile apple, not just for eating fresh, it can also be used for salads and cooking, and it is a highly-valued apple for juicing and hard cider. It has remained popular for well over 2 centuries, and with good reason: it has a distinctive flavour which is quite different from most other varieties. Tasters rarely agree on exactly what the elusive flavour reminds them of, but pear drops is probably close.
Black Oxford - Round deep purple fruit with a black bloom, originating in Maine. The deep crimson skin usually has an attractive bloom, which is thought to contribute to its generally good disease resistance. An old heirloom varieties, Black Oxford is a versatile apple - good for winter eating, useful for cooking, and the juice has a good flavor.
Cortland - One of the first varieties to be developed from the popular McIntosh apple. Cortland is a reliable and heavy-cropping variety. The apples are generally larger than McIntosh, but the sweet perfumed flavor is similar. Although primarily an apple for eating fresh, Cortland is also useful in the kitchen, and cut slices don't brown quickly.
Cox’s Orange Pippin - Often regarded as the finest of all dessert apples. It arose in England in the 19th century as a chance seedling, and has inspired apple lovers ever since. It remains unsurpassed for its richness and complexity of flavour. Two characteristics tend to be apparent in its offspring to a greater or lesser extent. Firstly the relatively pronounced and complex "aromatic" flavour which elevates it above most other varieties. Secondly, the striking and attractive orange-red colouring. This is a variety for the connoisseur, who can delight in the appreciation of the remarkable range of subtle flavours - pear, melon, freshly-squeezed Florida orange juice, and mango are all evident in a good example. Almost all other apples taste one-dimensional alongside a good Cox's Orange Pippin.
Esopus Spitzenburg - This highly respected American apple variety is named after the settlement of Esopus, Ulster County, New York, where it was found towards the end of the 18th century. It was rumoured to be Thomas Jefferson's favourite apple. The flavour is truly aromatic and matches the complexity of the English aromatic apples. The flesh is a buttery dense yellow, and there is a rich sharpness which is often characteristic of high quality dessert apples.
Gala - One of the unique features of Gala is that it can be grown with good quality results in both temperate and warm apple-growing regions. One of the most widely grown apple varieties in the world, and a mainstay of the supermarket apple. selection Gala is a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious
Golden Russet - keeps well and is very versatile for eating, cooking or juicing. It has enjoyed a resurgence of interest because the strong-flavored juice is ideal for cider and hard cider production. The origins of Golden Russet are not clear but it arose in upstate New York in the 19th century, possibly derived from an English russet variety.
Hudson's Golden Gem - Excellent eating apple. Large conical and elongated fruit. Dull yellow russet skin. Crisp, sugary flesh with nutty flavor.
Newtown Pippin - One of the oldest American apple varieties, well-known in the 18th century and probably raised as a seedling by early settlers on Long Island. Newtown Pippin is a notably versatile apple, being excellent for eating fresh, cooking, and for juicing and hard cider.
Height at maturity: See above
Spread at maturity: See above
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Container Size: 13" Tree Pot
Height at time of sale: See below