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Apple (Domestic)

This is a small Apple tree, good eating when protected from wildlife.

Zone:
4-8
Harvest:
Late August
Height:
12-20'
Pollination:
Cross-pollinating
Scientific Name:
Malus domestica
Available (Spring):
208

The Domestic Apple is a great, low-cost alternative to the popular varieties. This wild apple tree grows to a height and spread of 12' to 20'. Characteristics such as size, color, taste and ripening dates will differ from tree to tree. Apples may fall from some trees in autumn, and others in winter. Since these trees are not grafted, they do not exhibit specific qualities that many people are used to seeking out for their own consumption. Some of these trees may exhibit qualities of a specific cultivated variety, and some will not. Pest and disease resistance will also vary from tree to tree, as these trees have not been specifically cultivated for any specific resistance traits. The Domestic Apple also has excellent wildlife value, as many types of birds and mammals love to consume apples. In the spring, fragrant apple blossoms will please local bee populations as they collect nectar and pollen. The insects attracted to the trees will surely bring in a variety of birds. In the fall and winter, if you don't eat the apples, deer and other mammals will certainly appreciate to winter food.