- USDA hardiness zones:
This dwarf apple tree cultivar typically grows 8-10' tall and is an exclusive introduction from Stark Bro's of Louisiana, Missouri. This cultivar is also available from Stark Bro's on a semi-dwarf rootstock whereon it would typically grow 10-15' tall. White flowers appear in spring and are followed by red, McIntosh-type, eating apples which ripen in early-September (USDA Zone 5).
- Full sun
Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers deep, loamy, moderately fertile, slightly acidic soils. Avoid heavy clay soils which tend to waterlog easily. Needs full sun for maximum flower and fruit production. More than one variety must be planted in order to facilitate best pollination and subsequent fruit production. For basic cultural information on the growing of eating apples, see Home Fruit Production, Apples (University of Missouri Extension publication G6021), which is available for inspection or purchase at the Kemper Center Information Desk.
Size and growth:
- 8.0 to 10.0 feet
- 8.0 to 10.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
Edible fruit, Flowering tree, Showy flowers, Humming birds, Showy fruit, Birds, White, Fragrant flowers, and Butterflies
This apple tree is shaped, pruned and grown primarily with a view toward quality fruit production, and its ornamental features are considered secondary. It should be grouped in a sunny location with other apple varieties. Spring apple blossoms and fall fruit add color and interest to the landscape.
Apple trees in general are susceptible to a large number of pests. The four major disease problems of apples are fire blight, powdery mildew, apple scab and cedar apple rust. Potential insect pests include aphids, maggots, codling moth, plum curculio and spider mites. This cultivar is reported to have much improved disease resistance. However, good cultural practices are always essential and some chemical spraying may become necessary in order to control certain pests.