Apple Tree Varieties for Your Home Orchard

With hundreds of apple varieties to choose from, it’s well worth growing your own.

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Cortland Apple

An older, well-known variety, 'Cortland' produces medium-sized, bright red apples with a sprightly tropical flavor that are perfect for fresh eating and cooking.

Dwarf Fiesta Apple Tree: Produce Sweet Fall Fruits

‘Fiesta’ apple trees produce sweet apples in the fall.

Discovery Apple Tree: Produces Crisp Juicy Fruit

‘Discovery’ produces clusters of pretty white blossoms in the spring, followed by medium-sized, red-skinned apples that are usually ready to be picked between midsummer and early fall. The fruits are crisp and juicy.

Red Falstaff Apples: Renowned for Superior Flavor

Red Falstaff produces attractive round fruits that are ready to pick in the middle of autumn. These crisp apples store incredibly well and can last until spring.

Egremont Russet Apples: Sweet Nutty Flavor

This highly popular apple has a slightly rough, brownish-yellow skin. Harvested in early autumn, fruits will keep until midwinter if stored well.

Pixie Apples: Flushed Red Skins

Pixie produces medium-sized, sweet fruits with greenish-yellow skins that are flushed red. They look very pretty on the tree and are produced in abundance on small plants.

Improved Ashmeads Kernal Apples: A Heritage Variety

The Ashmead's Kernel produces highly aromatic fruits with pale yellow skins and a pearlike flavor. The sweet, juicy apples can be eaten raw or cooked, and they are ready in mid-fall.

Ellisons Orange: An Old Apple Variety

This dwarf apple produces crisp, juicy flesh and a slight aniseed taste. The red-flushed, yellowy green fruits are ready for picking in early autumn.

Kidds Orange Red Apple Produces Sweet Juice

Kidds Orange Red apple tree grows attractively, and the crimson pink blossom is a particular feature. Although primarily an apple for eating fresh, Kidds Orange Red also produces a very pleasant sweet apple juice.

Royal Gala Apple Familiar Dessert Fruit

Royal Gala apple is medium in size with a sweet flavor, ideal for pies, sauces and salads. It produces a blush of pink of the skin, with the color varying from yellow to almost orange with deep orange stripes. It is dense, sweet, aromatic and juicy.

Red Crabapples Offers Both Blossoms and Fruits

Malus x robusta, Red Sentinel, is a fantastic crab apple variety in every way. Scented white flowers are followed by rich red fruits that remain into the winter. It is extremely prolific and heavy yielding and an excellent source for bees.

Zestar

Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1999, 'Zestar' fruits early and produces crisp, juicy apples with a sweet tart flavor.

SnowSweet Apple

'SnowSweet' is a cold hardy hybrid that is resistant to apple scab and fire blight. The apples have a sweet, slightly tart taste and are slow to oxidize when cut.

'Red Regent'

'Red Regent' is popular for its large, juicy fruits that have a long shelf-life. The tree is moderately vigorous and trains easily.

'Honeycrisp'

A commercial success, honeycrisp apples are loved for their crisp, juicy flavor that is sweet, but balanced. The apples ripen in early fall, but store like a late season variety, keeping for up to 7 months.

Haralson Apple

This semi-dwarf apple tree produces medium-sized fruits that crisp with a tart flavor. 'Haralson' is winter hardy, thriving in zones 3 - 6. It often bears fruit the first year.

'Frostbite'

As the name would suggest, 'Frostbite' is extremely cold hardy, making it a good choice for northern regions. Its small fruits have a sweet, intense taste that are good for cider or cooking.

'Fireside'

Fireside' is favored for its large, sweet fruits and resistance to cedar-apple rust.