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Apple, Early Harvest Malus x domestica

Early Harvest Apple—Malus x domestica

High-yielding tree that produces a golden apple noted for its cooking uses. Early season harvest. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily, and need water. They are not drought tolerant. (Pollinate Lodi, Red Jonathan or Red Delicious) (zones 3-8)

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Zones 3 - 8
Zones 3 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 - 8
The Early Harvest Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Fruit Tree
Fruit Tree

Type of tree:
The Early Harvest Apple falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees

10' - 25' High
10' - 25' High

Mature Height:
The Early Harvest Apple grows to be 10' - 25' feet in height.

10' - 25' Spread
10' - 25' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Early Harvest Apple has a spread of about 10' - 25' at full maturity.

Fast Growth
Fast Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This apple does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Early Harvest Apple grows in moist, well drained soils.

Oval Shape
Oval Shape

Shape:
This apple has oval, spreading or horizontal, upright or erect shape.

More Info
More Info

Attributes:

Our standard Early Harvest apple seedlings are budded onto whole root stock; our semi-dwarf seedlings grafted onto Malling-Merton lll; and our dwarf seedlings grafted onto Malling 7A, Malling 26.

Chill hours (CU) requirement: 800-1000. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.

In order to ensure pollination, these trees need a compatible cultivar growing within 100 feet for standard size, 50 feet for semi-dwarf, and 20 feet for dwarf trees.

Description:
High-yielding tree that produces a golden apple noted for its cooking uses. Early season harvest. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily, and need water. They are not drought tolerant. (Pollinate Lodi, Red Jonathan, Red Delicious or a variety from a different apple family) (Zones 3-8)

Wildlife Value:
Apples are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals. The leaves and branches are browsed. The trees can be destroyed by rodents and rabbits girdling the stem or trunk. Produces nectar and/or pollen, thus providing nutrition for bees in early to late spring.

Height Variations:
The standard grows to 20' - 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12' - 15', and dwarf grows to 10' in height.

Spread Variations:
Standard spread grows to 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12'-15', and dwarf grows to a 10' spread.

Moisture:
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.

Leaves:
Ranging between 2"-4", these simple coarse-veined, dark green leaves have a toothed margin and alternate on the twig.

Flower Color:
White or pinkish

Bloom Time:
Early to mid-season.

Fruit Description:
Early Harvest trees produce yellow medium-sized fruit, with crisp, creamy white flesh that is juicy and tart when fully ripe. Picked early, they are good for baking. Fully ripe, they are good fresh. Apples will keep several weeks if refrigerated. Standard Early Harvest will begin to bear in 6-10 years, the semi-dwarf in 4-6 and the dwarf in 3-4. Fruit ripens and is ready for harvest between July and September, depending on location.