Growing fuji Apple trees

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Fuji apple

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Fuji apple trees for sale:

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Where to buy fresh fruit

United States

  • Alabama

    • Crow Mountain Orchard, Fackler
    • Isom Orchards, Athens
    • Mountain View Orchards, Jemison
    • Scott’s Orchard, Hazel Green
  • Arizona

    • Briggs & Eggers Orchards, Willcox
    • Date Creek Ranch, Wickenburg
    • Sweet Life Garden Backyard Farm and Orchard, Phoenix
  • Arkansas

    • Roberson Orchards, Omaha
  • California

    • Bellevue’s See Canyon Farms, San Luis Obispo
    • High Hill Ranch, Placerville
    • Jack Creek Farms, Templeton
    • Jon A. Yori Ranches, Modesto
    • Moms Country Orchards, Yucaipa
    • Mother Lode Orchards, Camino
    • Noble Orchards, Paradise
    • Parrish Pioneer Ranch, Yucaipa
    • Peacefiel Orchard, Julian
    • Prevedelli Farms, Watsonville
    • Raven Hill Orchard, Julian
    • Riley’s Apple Farm #1, Oak Glen
    • Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, Yucaipa
    • Riley’s Farm, Oak Glen
    • Seven C’s Family Orchard, Tehachapi
    • Sky Meadow Farms, Leona Valley
    • Smit Farms, Linden
  • Colorado

    • Apple Valley Orchard, Penrose
    • Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss
    • Peachfork Orchards & Vineyard, Palisade
    • Red Mountain Ranches, Cedaredge
  • Connecticut

    • Bishop’s Orchard, Guilford
    • Emerald Green Farm & Gardens, Wallingford
    • Hindinger Farm, Hamden
    • Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
    • Norton Brothers Fruit Farms, Cheshire
    • Palazzi Orchard, East Killingly
  • Delaware

    • Fifer Orchards, Camden Wyoming
  • Georgia

    • Aaron’s Apple House, Ellijay
    • B.J. Reece Apple House, Ellijay
    • Freedom Farms – Apple & Peach Orchard, Chatsworth
    • Hillcrest Orchards, Ellijay
    • Hillside Orchard Country Store, Lakemont
    • Mercier Orchards, Blue Ridge
    • R & A Orchards, Ellijay
    • Red Apple Barn (Little Bend Orchard), Ellijay
  • Idaho

    • Garrett Ranches, Wilder
    • Kelley Orchards (Weiser), Weiser
    • Williamson Orchards & Vineyards, Caldwell
  • Illinois

    • All Seasons Apple Orchard, Woodstock *** Feature Orchard ***
    • Braeutigam Orchards, Belleville
    • Camp’s Orchard, Roseville
    • Christ Orchard, Elmwood
    • Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, Champaign
    • Eckert Orchards, Inc., Belleville
    • Edgewood Orchards, Quincy
    • Jonamac Orchards, Malta
    • Knutson’s Country Harvest, Newark
    • Kuipers Family Farm, Maple Park
    • Liberty Apple Orchard, Edwardsville
    • Meadowmoor Orchard, Woodstock
    • Mileur Orchard, Murphysboro
    • Okaw Valley Orchard, Sullivan
    • Pleasant Row Orchard, Cuba
    • Valley Orchard, Cherry Valley
    • Woodstock Country Orchard, Woodstock
  • Indiana

    • Anderson Orchard, Mooresville
    • Apple Works, Trafalgar
    • Bender’s Nursery and Orchard, Albion
    • Blue River Orchard, Fredericksburg
    • Bruick Brothers Produce / Advanced Tree Technology, New Haven
    • Chandler’s Farm, Fillmore
    • Cook’s Orchard, Fort Wayne
    • Countryside Orchard, Rochester
    • County Line Orchard, Hobart
    • Crosby’s Orchard, Lawrenceburg
    • Deer Creek Orchard, Galveston
    • Dispennett’s Orchard, Pine Village
    • Ditzler Orchard, Rosedale
    • Dougherty Orchards, Cambridge City
    • G. W. Stroh Orchards, Angola
    • Garwood Orchards, LaPorte
    • Goley’s Orchard, Madison
    • HighPoint Orchard & Farm Market, Greensburg
    • Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Farm Market, Goshen
    • McClure’s Orchard, Peru
    • Orchard Hill Farms, Kendallville
    • Pleasant View Orchard, Fairland
    • Radke’s Orchards, Michigan City
    • Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield
    • Whiteland Orchard, Whiteland
    • Harker Family Farms & Orchard, Waldron
  • Iowa

    • Appleberry Farm, Marshalltown
    • Applecart Orchard, Vinton
    • Ditmars Orchard, Council Bluffs
    • Gravert’s Apple Basket Orchard, Sabula
    • Mincer Orchard & Farms, Hamburg
    • Smalls Fruit Farm, Mondamin
    • Storybook Orchard, Story City
    • The Big Apple Orchard, Mount Vernon
    • Timeless Prairie Orchard, Winthrop
    • Upstream Gardens & Orchard, Altoona
    • Wilson’s Orchard, Iowa City
  • Kansas

    • 86th Street Orchard, Topeka
    • Cain City Orchard, Bushton
    • Fieldstone Enterprise, Overbrook
    • Meadowlark Farm, Rose Hill
  • Kentucky

    • Eckert | Boyd Orchard, Versailles
    • Evans Orchard & Cider Mill, Georgetown
    • Helton Orchard, Salyersville
    • Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market, Hodgenville
    • Reed Valley Orchard, Paris
    • Valley View Orchard, Edmonton
  • Maine

    • Hooper’s Orchard, Monroe
    • McDougal Orchards, Springvale
  • Maryland

    • Bragunier Orchard, Big Pool
    • O’Keefe Orchard, Colesville
  • Massachusetts

    • Arcadian Farms, Holliston
    • Bolton Spring Farm, Bolton
    • C.N. Smith Farm, East Bridgewater
    • Charlton Orchard, Inc., Charlton
    • Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
    • Clarkdale Fruit Farms, Deerfield
    • Green River Farms, Williamstown
    • Mann Orchards, Methuen
    • Marino Lookout Farm, South Natick
    • Russell Orchards, Ipswich
    • Tougas Family Farm, Northborough
  • Michigan

    • (A.W.) Overhiser Orchards, South Haven
    • Alber’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Manchester
    • Apple Valley Orchard, Saginaw
    • Bennett’s Orchard, Ottawa Lake
    • Brainerd Farms, Onsted
    • Crane’s U-Pick, Fennville
    • Erie Orchards and Cider Mill, Erie
    • Flavorland Farms, Baroda
    • Friske Orchards & Farm Market, Ellsworth
    • Grand View Orchard, Hudsonville
    • Gull Meadow Farms, Richland
    • Hildebrand Fruit Farms, Berrien Springs
    • Husted Farm Market and Cider Mill, Kalamazoo
    • Jacques Orchard, Hemlock
    • Johanson’s Apple World, Baroda
    • Kapnick Orchards, Britton
    • Klackle Orchards, Greenville
    • KlineKrest USDA Certified Organic Produce Farm, Lyons
    • Koan’s Orchard, Flushing
    • Lange Farms, Niles
    • Lehman’s Orchard, Niles
    • Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, New Era
    • Markillie Orchard and Cider Mill, Howell
    • Miller Family Orchard, Vassar
    • Orchard Hill Farm, Caledonia
    • Phillips Orchards & Cider Mill, Saint Johns
    • Porter’s Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill, Goodrich
    • Rennhack Orchards, Hart
    • Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, Grand Rapids
    • Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Mattawan
    • Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill, Ada
    • Sprague’s Family Fun Farm, Dowagiac
    • Springhope Farm, Galien
    • Steffens Orchard Market, Sparta
    • Tompkins’ Orchard and Country Store, Vassar
    • Westview Orchards & Winery, Romeo
    • Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair, Ypsilanti
    • Hanulcik Farm Market, Ionia
  • Minnesota

    • Southwind Orchards, Dakota
  • Missouri

    • Bear Creek Farms, Walnut Shade
    • Centennial Farms, Augusta
    • Huffstutter Orchards, New Franklin
    • Kithcart’s Orchard, Rich Hill
    • Lehman Family Orchard, LLC, Spickard
    • Mother Earth Market LLC, Waverly
    • Peters Orchards & Market, Waverly
    • Schweitzer Orchards, St. Joseph
    • Sunshine Valley Farm, Rogersville
  • Nebraska

    • Apple Acres Orchard, Kearney
    • Martin’s Hillside Orchard, Ceresco
    • Trees, Shrubs & More, Inc., Bellevue
  • New Hampshire

    • Alyson’s Apple Orchard, Walpole
    • Appleview Orchard, Pittsfield
    • Demeritt Hill Farm, Lee
    • Old Ciderpress Farm, Westmoreland
  • New Jersey

    • Alstede Farms, Chester
    • Beemerville Orchards, Sussex
    • DeCou’s Farm Market & Orchard, Shiloh
    • Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck
    • Eastmont Orchards, Colts Neck
    • Fruitwood Farms, Inc., Monroeville
    • Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford
    • Longmeadow Farm, Hope
    • Parks Farms, Chester
    • Peaceful Valley Orchards, Pittstown
    • Riamede Farm, Chester
    • Strawberry Hill Farm, Chesterfield
    • Sun High Orchard, Randolph
    • Sunny Slope Farms of NJ, Bridgeton
    • Terhune Orchards, Princeton
    • Wightman’s Farm, Morristown
  • New Mexico

    • Cadwallader Mountain Farms, Mountain Park
    • Hays Honey Apple Farm, Bosque Farms
    • Pat Montoya’s Family Orchard, Velarde
    • The Fruit Basket, Velarde
  • New York

    • Albany Apple Guy: Purveyor of Rare & Exotic Apples, Castleton
    • Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick
    • Bellinger’s Apple Orchard, Fultonville
    • Bowman Orchards, Rexford
    • Dr. Davies Farm, Congers
    • Goold Orchards, Castleton on Hudson
    • Hurds Family Farm, Modena
    • Indian Ladder Farms Inc., Altamont
    • Lone Maple Farm, Binghamton
    • LoveApple Farms, Ghent
    • Mead Orchards LLC, Tivoli
    • Minards Family Farm, Clintondale
    • Morgan Farms LLC, Marion
    • Northern Orchard Co Inc., Peru
    • Prospect Hill Orchards, Milton
    • Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook
    • Samascott Orchard, Kinderhook
    • Seven Ponds Orchard, Water Mill
    • Soons Orchards Inc., New Hampton
    • Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge
    • Trapani Farm LLC, Milton
    • Weed Orchards, Marlboro
    • Whittier Fruit Farm, Rochester
  • North Carolina

    • AH & W Farm, Boomer
    • Billy Laughter Orchards, Hendersonville
    • Creasman Farms, Hendersonville
    • Haight Orchards, Reidsville
    • JH Stepp Farm’s Hillcrest Orchard, Hendersonville
    • Justus Orchards, Hendersonville
    • Lyda Farms, Hendersonville
    • Mountain Fresh Apples, Hendersonville
    • Old Cider Mill, Bat Cave
    • Piney Mountain Orchards, Hendersonville
    • Sugar Loaf Orchards, Taylorsville
    • Tall Pine Apple Orchards, Hendersonville
  • Ohio

    • Apple Hill Orchards, Mansfield
    • Arrowhead Orchard, Paris
    • Bauman Orchards, Rittman
    • Beckwith Orchards, Cider Mill and Gift Shop, Kent
    • Burnham Orchards, Berlin Heights
    • Eshleman Fruit Farm, Clyde
    • Fuhrmann Orchards, Wheelersburg
    • Hucks Orchard, South Charleston
    • Hugus Fruit Farm, Rushville
    • Johnston Fruit Farms, Swanton
    • Legend Hills Orchard, Utica
    • Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala
    • MacQueen Orchards, Holland
    • Monroe’s Orchard & Farm Market, LLC, Hiram
    • Moreland Fruit Farm, Wooster
    • Ochs Fruit Farm, Lancaster
    • Peifer Orchards, Yellow Springs
    • Rittman Orchards, Doylestown
    • Tüken’s Farm Market and Orchard, West Alexandria
    • Votaw Farms, Pioneer
    • West Orchards, Perry
  • Oregon

    • Beilke Family Farm, Brooks
    • Bells Orchard, Beaverton
    • Haury Farms, Salem
    • Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Mount Hood Parkdale
    • Randall Pratt Farms, Grants Pass
    • Rasmussen Farms, Hood River
    • River Bend Farm/Pleasant Hill Orchard, Eugene
    • Smith Berry Barn, Hillsboro
    • Stephens Farm, Dayton
    • Thomas Orchards, Kimberly
    • B&P Hitz Fruit Farm, Woodburn
  • Pennsylvania

    • Andrews Farm Market, Saint Thomas
    • Apple Castle, New Wilmington
    • Boyer Orchards, New Paris
    • Brown’s Orchard and Cider Company, McDonald
    • Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, Loganville
    • County Line Orchard, Kempton
    • Dries Orchards, Sunbury
    • Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, Hellam
    • Gray’s Apple Ridge Orchard, Jonestown
    • Grim’s Greenhouse & Farm Market, Breinigsville
    • Half Crown Hill Orchard, McDonald
    • Hollabaugh Brothers, Biglerville
    • Holy Root Farm, New Tripoli
    • Kauffman’s Fruit Farm, Bird-in-Hand
    • Klim Orchard, Lake Ariel
    • Masonic Village Farm Market, Elizabethtown
    • McConnells’ Farm, Aliquippa
    • Meadowhawk Farm, Millerstown
    • Northrop’s Apple Acres, Lake City
    • Orton’s Fruit Farm, North East
    • Oyler’s Organic Farms, Biglerville
    • Pappy’s Orchard, Coopersburg
    • Paulus Orchards, Dillsburg
    • Rice Fruit Company, Gardners
    • Shady Brook Farm, Yardley
    • Shanesville Fruit Farm, Boyertown
    • Shaw Orchards, Stewartstown
    • Shenot Farm, Wexford
    • Simmons Farm, McMurray
    • Soergel’s Orchards, Wexford
    • Solebury Orchards, New Hope
    • Townsend Brother’s Fruit Farm, Spring Church
    • Weaver’s Orchard, Morgantown
  • Rhode Island

    • Barden Family Orchard, North Scituate
  • South Carolina

    • Blue Haven Orchards, Long Creek
    • Bryson’s Apple Orchard, Mountain Rest
    • Chattooga Belle Farm, Long Creek
  • Tennessee

    • Breeden’s Orchard & Country Store, Mount Juliet
    • Hurricane Hollow Apple Orchards, Buffalo Valley
    • Shade Tree Farm and Orchard, Adams
  • Texas

    • Apple Valley Orchard, Llano (Oxford)
    • Love Creek Orchards, Medina
    • Sonlight Apple Orchard, Mason
    • Young’s Orchard, Wichita Falls
  • Utah

    • Burgess Orchards, Alpine
    • Fowers Fruit Ranch LLC, Genola
    • Glendale Orchard, Glendale
    • Little America Organic Fruit, New Harmony
    • McMullin Orchards, Payson
    • Springdale Fruit Company, Springdale
  • Vermont

    • Outback Orchard, Florence
  • Virginia

    • Ayers Orchards, Cana
    • Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville
    • Chiles Peach Orchard and Farm Market, Crozet
    • Dickie Brothers Orchard, Roseland
    • Drumheller’s Orchard, Lovingston
    • Fitzgerald’s Orchard, Tyro
    • Graves Mountain Farm, Syria
    • Hollin Farms, Delaplane
    • Jenkins Orchard, Woodville
    • Johnson’s Orchards & Peaks of Otter Winery, Bedford
    • Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market, Winchester
    • Morris Orchard, Monroe
    • Rock Hill Orchard, Monroe
    • Saunders Bros., Inc., Piney River
    • Showalter’s Orchard & Greenhouse, LLC, Timberville
    • Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards, Inc., Tyro
    • Thornton River Orchard, Sperryville
  • Washington

    • Skipley Farm, Snohomish *** Feature Orchard ***
    • Tonnemaker Hill Farm, Royal City
  • West Virginia

    • Ruggles Orchard, Levels
  • Wisconsin

    • Ecker’s Apple Farm, Trempealeau
    • Ferguson’s Orchard, Eau Claire
    • Maple Ridge Orchard, Cashton
    • Sutter’s Ridge Orchard, Mt Horeb

United Kingdom

  • England – south-east

    • Pippins Farm, Pembury

France

  • Poitou-Charente

    • Les Vergers de Vendée, Maureuil sur Lay

Canada

  • British Columbia

    • Apple Barn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford
    • Apple Luscious Organic Orchards, Salt Spring Island
    • Applebarn — Taves Family Farms, Abbotsford
    • Blue Haze Farm, Victoria
    • Michell Brothers Farm, Victoria
    • Roseridge Orchards, Kelowna
    • Spencer Hill Orchard, Grand Forks
    • Starry Night Meadows Farm, Mayne Island
  • Ontario

    • Cleaver Orchards, Simcoe
    • Juicy-Fruit Orchards, Thedford
    • Kennette Apple Orchard, Lakeshore
    • Meleg’s Lakeview Orchard & Cider Mill, Kingsville
    • Rural Route Orchard, Halton Hills
  • Quebec

    • Les Vergers de la Colline, Ste-Cécile de Milton

Switzerland

  • Geneva

    • Verger de Saint-Loup, Versoix

Apples – Fuji

How do we make sure we provide top quality Fuji apples?

The Fuji should ideally be a medium sized apple, with a yellow/green colouring and red highlights. It may have a pinkish blush, or be almost all red in colour.

We make sure that the Fuji apples we choose for your box are firm with a smooth, clear skin. We avoid Fujis with soft or dark spots. We test the integrity of the Fuji by holding the apple in the palm of our hand and feeling that the apple is solid and heavy (avoiding apples that are soft and light). We avoid Fujis that wrinkle when a thumb is gently run across the skin (this is an indicator that it has been in storage for too long, or has not properly stored). We also check for “russeting” – a rough, browning condition usually found at the stem end of the apple.

Where do we source our Fuji apples?

Fuji apples are grown in all six Australian states. We try to source locally grown apples (from around the Bacchus Marsh region), and if local supply is low, we source from other Victorian locations such as the Goulburn Valley, Harcourt, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland.

What is the best way to keep Fuji apples?

All apples are best stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and kept away from strong odour food to prevent flavour absorption.

Fuji apple nutritional information

Fuji apples are low in kilojoules and contain plenty of vitamin C, fibre (pectin) and potassium. Many of the important nutrients and phytochemicals such as ellagic acid and quercetin are contained in the apple skin.

Fuji apple seasonal information

Fuji are available from mid March to December.

Fuji apple serving tips and suggestions

If using in a salad, use a little lemon juice to prevent browning or oxidisation of the flesh.

Fuji

Description

Fuji is a fine looking pinkish bi-coloured apple with intense sweetness and a delicious open crispness. If you like sweet apples this is the one to buy. Due to it’s high degree of sweetness, Fuji apples are the favourite in most of South-East and East Asia, and are the predominant variety grown in China, Korea and Japan.

Fuji apples need good sunshine and a fairly long growing season to produce the right quality, both in appearance and sweetness. Too many that are sold in UK are either from marginal areas or have been harvested to maintain crispness and avoid ‘water-core’ which often results in low levels of sweetness.

This is unfortunate because the result is that we rarely see good Fuji apples. Morrison’s are the only retailer with consistent sales, but, although they look good, their Chinese Fuji are often just not sweet enough.

Our favourite Fuji apples come from Brazil where they develop an intense sweetness and a unique flavour of chocolate. Other good sources are California, and some areas in Chile, France and Italy.

Asian Fuji can be excellent, but will often have water-core, which is highly prized as an indication of sweetness. For some reason, water-core is mistaken as a defect in Europe, hence the need to avoid it, but by doing so, reducing the chance of sweet fruit.

Another complication with Fuji is that there are many different cultivars, not all of which yield the best quality.

Origin: Fuji apples were developed in Japan from a cross between two American apples: Red Delicious x Ralls Janet. The variety was released in 1962.

Grown in: Fuji apples do best in warm growing areas with plenty of sunshine, so the more southerly growing areas in the northern hemisphere and more northerly growing areas in the southern hemisphere would be preferable.

Ben Shogun Fuji is a slightly early variety grown in England and supplied to some supermarkets. The fruit is crisp, though not exceptionally so, but so far, sweetness seems limited. This is a block red variety, aka Heisei Fuji.

Harvest & Availability: Fuji apples can be stored for quite a few months, though water-core can discolour in long-term stored fruit.
October to June: China, USA, France, Italy, Germany, UK
June to September: Brazil, South Africa, Chile

Apple, Fuji Malus x domestica

Attributes:
Fuji apples are good for eating fresh or in pies.

Description:
With its sweet/tart flavor, the Fuji Apple is a favorite fresh eating apple that is crisp, firm, and juicy. Excellent taste. Boasts beautiful red-colored skin and is medium in size. Produces large yields that ripen late season. Also great for cider. Pollinates with Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Lodi. (Zone 4-8)

Fruit Tree Spacing Guide

Semi-Dwarf grows 12-14′ high with a 12′ spread

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. Pear and apple orchards in the United Kingdom are considered valuable habitats for wildlife.

Height Variations:
Semi-Dwarf grows 12′-14′ high with a 12′ spread

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:
These simple, approximately 2″ long, smooth, dark green leaves have a toothed margin and alternate on the twig.

Flower Color:
White to pinkish

Bloom Time:
late mid-season bloom time..

Fruit Description:
Boasts beautiful red-colored skin and is medium in size. Produces large yields that ripen late season.

Apple Trees

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How to Treat Apple Trees for Bugs

Before you enjoy the fruits of your labor, some common fruit tree pests may try to beat you to the punch and feast on your apple trees. Spare your trees from the infestation of would-be predators by using one of the many organic or chemical treatments available to treat apple tree bugs.

Treat codling moth, an apple tree’s most common pest, with insecticides such as Permethrin and carbaryl (Sevin). Apply after a petal fall during the summer. Use it on a 10-to-14 day interval for the best effect. Control codling moth with a non-chemical approach by thinning the apple fruit. Look for fruit that shows signs of codling moth entry–early signs are a reddish circle on the fruit, where an advanced infestation will be evident by brown frass excreted by the caterpillar. Pick up and discard any fruit that show this type of injury.

Control apple maggot flies using red sticky spheres that contain a feeding attractant. (Purchase the spheres at garden centers or through mail-order catalogs.) Assemble the trap according the manufacturer’s instructions and hang on a tree by July 1. Place one trap for every 100 apples on a tree. Remove the traps when they become covered with bugs or debris.

Treat aphids on apple trees by applying a horticultural oil during the dormant season (late winter or early spring). Attach the container to a garden hose. Spray the undersides and tops of the tree’s leaves for a non-chemical control. Use an insecticide such as Malathion to chemically treat aphids.

Characteristics of Apple Trees

Apple trees are deciduous. They flower and bear fruit, which ripens to a dark green, pink or red color, on the previous year’s growth. They grow widely in the middle latitudes, primarily in the Northern hemisphere.

Features

Apple trees can grow as tall as 40 feet, but commercial growers use dwarf species or prune trees back severely so that the fruit can be harvested using a long pole or by hand. Trees begin to bear fruit at four to five years of age.

Function

The fruit of the apple tree provides fiber and carbohydrates for human and animal diets. Some apple trees are extremely hardy and provide fruit for areas that would otherwise have to import all of their fruit from more temperate zones.

Culture

Trees are planted in deep, fertile soil that drains well or carefully irrigated. They are staked and protected against winds with windbreaks. Most must be planted with companion trees for pollination.

Warning

The tree that grows from a seed in an apple will not necessarily grow into a tree that produces that type of apple. Many apples are the result of specific hybridization and grafting techniques.

My Crab Apple Tree Is Losing Its Leaves Early

The first symptoms of apple scab appear in May or early June and consist of olive-green or oil-soaked spots on the leaves. On mature leaves, the infection consists of black, velvety spots that appear slightly raised. Eventually, the leaves turn yellow and fall off the tree prematurely.

Apple scab is a fungal disease that starts attacking newly emerging leaves in the spring. The fungus appears during moist conditions. Eventually, apple scab moves to the fruit, leaving dark, leathery spots on the crabapples.

Control

Apply fungicides when the leaves first emerge. The spray is applied again every two weeks until the tree receives a total of three applications.

Crab Apple Tree Identification

The trunk has a gray, rough and scaly bark. In older trees, the bark develops cracks.

Leaves

The leaves are deciduous, meaning they drop each fall and regrow each spring. They alternate on the branches as opposed to growing opposite one another. The shape can be round or oval, and the backs are smooth in most cases.

Buds

The buds appear in April and May and are usually a reddish brown with hairs. They are egg-shaped with many overlapping scales.

Flowers

The flowers are mostly white but can have a pink tinge. All crab apple flowers have five petals.

Fruits

Crab apple fruit is 2 inches or less in diameter. They can be red, yellow or green in color. The stem is long in relation to the size of the fruit, making it look more like a cherry than a regular apple. The fruit also has a very sour taste.

How to Germinate an Apple Seed

Fill a sealable plastic bag with 1/4 inch of peat or potting soil.

Add just enough water to the bag so the soil is slightly damp, but not soggy.

Place five to 10 evenly-spaced seeds inside the bag. Press the seeds down into the soil so they are covered with a thin layer on each side.

Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator until the seeds germinate, usually between one and two weeks. Since the bag is sealed, the moisture will stay inside, so there is no need to add water.

What to Spray on Apple Trees

Use an all-purpose fruit spray that contains a fungicide, such as Captan, and an insecticide, usually carbaryl or malathion, to control pests and fungus that can damage apple trees.

How to Know When to Pick Apples From Dwarf Apple Trees

Track your dwarf apple tree’s bloom date. All apple varieties have a set number of days from bloom until ripeness. For example, Granny Smith apples are ready after 170 to 210 days and the Gala variety is typically ready 140 to 160 days from the initial blooming. If you’re unsure about your apple variety, consult the nursery from which you purchased the tree or call your local university’s cooperative extension service.

Test the dwarf apple for ripeness. The apple fruit should be firm to the touch but give slightly when pressed hard with your thumb.

Pull the apple fruit away from the dwarf apple tree. Ripe apples should come off the tree easily, while unripe apples will require a slight struggle and pull before breaking off the fruit stem.

Pile the fruit gently into a basket or bucket and store it in your refrigerator. Don’t wash the fruit until you’re about to eat it.

How Much Sunlight Is Needed to Grow Apple Trees?

Apple trees grow best in full sunlight and produce more fruit when grown in this condition. It is suggested to reduce the amount of shade to less than 5 hours.

Where to Find Apple Wood Trees in the U.S.

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Wood apple trees are native to Southeast Asia and India. In the United States, wood apple trees can be purchased through online nurseries or at local home and garden centers. The trees can be grown in elevations up to 1,500 feet, where there is a distinct wet and dry season.

Do You Need Two Apple Trees to Get Fruit?

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Pollination

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According to the Colorado State University Extension, all varieties of apple trees must have some pollination in order to bear fruit. You must plant two different varieties of tree, as most apples cannot pollinate the same variety of apple; crabapple trees will work for cross-pollination, but only if they bloom at the same time. Bees are the primary pollinators, although wasps also act as pollinators.

Self-fertile Apple Trees

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Some apple trees are considered to be self-fertile. This means that they can pollinate themselves. These trees can produce fruit alone; however they will set more fruit and produce better fruit if they are pollinated by another apple tree. Empire, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious are varieties of self-fertile apples.

Triploid Apple Trees

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Triploid fruit trees were bred to produce fewer seeds. As a result of the breeding, triploid trees have three sets of chromosomes and cannot reproduce on their own. They must be cross-pollinated by another apple tree. Varieties of triploid apples include Gravenstein, Jonagold and Washington.

How Many Years Does it Take for an Apple Tree to Produce Fruit?

Different varieties of dwarf apple trees begin producing apples between 2 to 4 years of age. Semi-dwarfing apple trees bear first fruits at 4 to 5 years, and traditional apple trees 6 to 7 years. Add another 1 to 2 years to each of these ages to calculate when the trees will begin to bear apples at their full capacity.

How to Treat Fire Blight in Apple Trees

Watch for a pale, watery liquid that oozes from the bark. The liquid darkens when it is exposed to air and leaves dark streaks on your apple tree’s bark.

Keep an eye on the tree’s flowers, shoots and young fruit. They will shrivel and turn brown or black if your apple tree is infected by fire blight.

Check the branches for blight. Fire blight makes the end of the branches bend over, forming a candy cane shape. As the disease moves further into the main branches, the bark may crack along the edge of the infected area.

Treat Fire Blight

Choose blight-resistant trees. With the increase in frequency of fire blight, many nurseries are offering apple trees that are able to withstand an infection which makes them much easier to treat.

Cut off all diseased wood. Prune the apple tree at least 8 inches from the visible symptoms of blight. Burn the wood and disinfect your pruning shears before using them again.

Apply a copper fungicide solution once a week to treat fire blight while your apple tree is blooming. Spray it directly on the tree’s flowers.

Care of Apple Trees: Insecticides

Dormant Oil Sprays

Oil sprays are used on apple trees beginning when the tree first begins to come out of dormancy and you see green leaves sprouting. Spraying apple trees with dormant oil spray early suffocates any eggs and insects that have lived over the winter. Reapply the dormant oil spray in two weeks and again just as the buds begin to form. There is no need to continue throughout the growing season. After the leaves have fallen, apply one last spraying of dormant oil to the apples trees before winter sets in. Do not mix dormant oil spray with other insecticides or fungicides.

Apple Tree Insecticides

Apple tree insecticides usually include the chemicals methoxychlor to control chewing insects and malathion or permethrin and carbaryl (Sevin) to control sucking insects, although there are many other effective insecticides. Multi-purpose sprays, which usually contain permethrin and carbaryl (Sevin), also may include the fungicide captan for disease control. For backyard apple tree growers, a multi-purpose spray is easy and effective. However, depending on the type of pests attacking your apple tree, you may want to buy the chemicals separately.

Mix the insecticide per the label instructions and spray the apple tree a week after spraying the dormant oil spray. Continue an insecticide spraying schedule of every one to two weeks throughout the growing season, stopping four to six weeks before harvest. Do not spray your apple trees with insecticide while they’re in blossom because the insecticide will also kill bees, which you need to pollinate your apple tree.

How Long Before an Apple Tree Produces Fruit?

According to New Mexico State University, an apple tree should bear fruit within three to five years of planting. If a tree is not healthy, has not been pollinated, or does not have adequate sunlight, it may not produce fruit.

How Much Water Do Apple Trees Need?

Apple trees need 5 gallons of water every 10 days, and may be watered by drilling a hole in a 5-gallon bucket and letting the water drip into the ground.

Most Disease-Resistant Fruit Trees

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Apple

Apple growers need to consider apple cultivars that are resistant to fire blight, cedar apple rust and apple scab. Enterprise, Liberty, Williams’ Pride and Redfree are resistant to fire blight, cedar apple rust and apple scab. Pristine apple trees are resistant to cedar apple rust and apple scab, but resistance to fire blight is moderate. Pristine and Williams’ Pride are resistant to powdery mildew. Trees moderately resistant to powdery mildew include Redfree, Liberty and Enterprise. Apple trees need full sun in the early morning, which helps reduce the incidence of disease as well as the cultivar being resistant.

Peach and Nectarines

Choose peach and nectarine tree cultivars that are resistant to bacterial leaf spot. Leaf spot can weaken trees and reduce the size of the harvest. Peach tree varieties that are resistant to brown leaf spot include the Harbelle, Mericrest Nectarine, Topaz and Reliance. Nectarine varieties resistant to the disease include Loring, Redskin and Encore. Madison and Summer Pearl nectarines are moderately susceptible to brown leaf spot disease.

Pears

Pear trees are susceptible to fire blight, but some varieties have some resistance to the disease. Varieties that show resistance include Lincoln, Maxine, Dutchess, Tyson and Kieffer. Bradford pear trees are only considered moderately resistant to fire blight, according to the University of Missouri.

Cherries

Cherry trees are susceptible to cherry leaf rot, brown rot, silver leaf and black knot. However, trees that are cultivated rarely succumb to black knot. Utah Giant and Black Tartarian is a disease-resistant cherry tree. The tart North Star cherry tree is resistant to leaf spot and brown rot.

The Best Time to Trim Apple Trees

Trim apple trees in late winter or early spring when the trees are dormant. Do not trim apple trees when the weather is below freezing, or when new growth begins.

How to Prune Mature Apple Trees

Use pruning loppers or a long-handled pruning saw to remove dead or damaged wood. Make your cuts at an angle and close to the beginning of the branch. The stubs should be no longer than 1/4 inch.

Remove any branches growing toward the trunk or toward the soil.

Prune off branches that cross or rub against one another.

Remove thin twigs with a pair of hand pruners. Snip away any water sprouts and suckers.

Cut the ends of the branches. This will cause new growth to form along the branches to either side.

Paint large wounds with a light layer of latex paint. Most pruning wounds do not need this type of care, but it will help protect the trees from insect infestation.

Sulfur Spray for Apple Trees

Sulfur comes in a few different varieties, such as liquid lime sulfur, dry wettable powders and formulations that are liquid. Mixing of sulfur for use should be done according to the instructions on the label. Some local laws may prohibit the use of certain materials, so learn the guidelines before using sulfur sprays.

Uses

Sulfur is highly effective against powdery mildew attacks on plants and can be used against apple scab.

Disadvantages

Sulfur, although effective, does not have any residual power, meaning the sulfur spray will only be active for a short time after application. Sulfur spray needs to be applied every three to five days to remain effective. If using sulfur spray alone, up to 25 applications may be needed during the regular growing season, according to Ohio State University. Lime sulfur should not be applied until three weeks after any oil spray on the apple tree; the two are incompatible.

Spraying Calendar

If using sulfur as a spray for organic farming, the spraying schedule will largely rely upon the weather conditions. Sulfur should be applied just before rains during infection periods (such as from green tip of the apple tree until there is a 1/2 inch of green tip). Spraying should be done again every three to five days unless more rain is forecast.

Safety

Although it’s an organic material, safety precautions do need to be heeded for spraying sulfur on apple trees. Respiratory protection, such as a mask that cleans the air up to 10 times the Permissible Exposure Limit and the Threshold Limit Values (PEL/TLV) of local guidelines, should be worn at all times. Protective eyewear and long clothing should be worn as well.

How to Dry Out Apple Seeds to Plant Them

Remove the seeds from the apple core. Use your fingers to pull them out rather than a knife or fork–fingers are much less likely to damage the surface of the seeds.

Put the seeds between two layers of paper towel. Press down for a minute to remove excess moisture.

Put the seeds between two sheets of wax paper, which is best to use because the seeds cannot stick to it as they dry.

Store the seeds in the refrigerator until they dry. In most cases, the process takes between three and four weeks. When the seeds feel hard, dry and have a faded brown color, they are ready to plant.

How to Spray Organic Apple Trees for Pests

Spray apple trees with a biological soap to treat rosy apply aphids, apple aphids and apple grain aphids. Spray in summer but before petals fall.

Spray dormant oil during winter or early spring to treat aphids, mites and scale. Do not mix the dormant oil with sulfur or lime sulfur.

Get rid of the tentiform leaf miner with Pyrethrum or Sabadilla sprays between bud-break and apple harvest. Rake up and remove all dead leaves in the fall to eliminate leaf miner pupae.

Treat leaf roller infestations by spraying with Bacillus thuringiensis once in June and again between mid-July and mid-September.

Treat codling moth infestations with Bacillus thuringiensis as well. Perform two spray applications in June and two more between August and mid-September.

How to Treat Apple Trees

Plant apple trees in full sun and an area that has well-drained soil. Slightly acidic soil and loamy rich soil is best for apples. Plant apple trees in the spring.

Water apple trees regularly. Assuming normal rainfall, water trees under one year old once a week for about 10 minutes. When the tree is over a year old, water it once every 2 weeks for 10 minutes.

Fertilize your apple trees once a year with a one cup mixture of 21-0-0, which is ammonium sulfate. Apply the ammonium sulfate in a circle around the base of the tree and water it. Avoid touching the tree trunk with the ammonium sulfate.

Prune your apple trees every year while they are dormant, between late winter and early spring. Remove all damaged, diseased, dead or crossing branches at the base of the tree. Remove any growth at the base of the tree. If the tree is under a year old, allow it to have only one central leader. The central leader is one central branch growing straight out of the trunk with smaller branches growing out of it at crotches. If the tree has two leaders, which is a split at the trunk in which two branches grow instead of just one, remove the weaker of the two leaders and allow only the strongest leader to stay.

When Do Semi Dwarf Apple Trees Start to Produce?

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Semi-dwarf apple trees produce fruit more quickly than standard apple trees. These trees will produce fruit within 3 to 4 years after being planted as opposed to a standard apple tree taking from 4 to 8 years to bear fruit. Once a semi-dwarf tree has reached maturity, it normally produces fruit from midsummer through late fall.

Why Apple Trees Fail to Bloom

According to Richard Jauron, Iowa State University horticulturist, a backyard apple tree may not bloom until 4 to 6 years of age.

Variety

The kind of apple tree affects its blooming. Jauron reports as an example that the Jonathan variety will bloom and bear fruit sooner than Red Delicious.

Weather

Cold weather may freeze and kill flower buds and prevent blooming.

Pruning

Heavy pruning promotes leaf growth and may cut off fruiting wood that produces blooms.

Fertilizer

A healthy apple tree does not need much fertilizer. Excess nitrogen fertilizer promotes lush green growth and inhibits blooms.

Sunlight

The apple tree requires a sunny location. The tree needs six to eight hours of sunlight for healthy blooming.

How to Protect Apple Trees From Frost

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Choose a planting site where the apple tree will not be in a frost pocket, which is a low spot where the cold air settles. The lower-than-normal temperature can kill apple blossoms and fruit. A higher site with a slope directs the cold airflow away from the tree, especially during early spring frosts.

Plant the apple tree close to water. Rivers and lakes hold heat and produce warmer air. Apple trees are less likely to suffer frost injury in these areas.

Sprinkle the apple tree with water on chilly nights that are clear and calm. As the water freezes, it releases heat, which can keep the apple buds from freezing. If it’s windy, the problem can worsen because the water evaporates. Turn on a water sprinkler when the temperature reaches 33 degrees Fahrenheit, and leave it on all night until the ice melts from the tree the following the day.

Cover the apple tree with a piece of plastic. This common process for fruit trees only works if you set up a heat source such as a kerosene heater inside the covering. If not, the material will hold ice in.

Lay an old bed sheet across the tops of the tree when heavy frost is expected. It may protect the blossoms or buds from injury if the temperatures don’t fall too low.

Fuji Apple Tree

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Why Fuji Apple Trees?

Delicious and meticulously nurtured, the Fuji Apple Tree produces crisp, super sweet apples – the perfect snack, right from your backyard. And with our Fuji, it’s never been easier.

And whether you eat them straight from the tree or bake them into oven-fresh pastries, Red Fujis are known for their exceptional quality. Their versatility is what makes them the ideal pick for planting.

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The best part, though? Your new Fuji Apple Tree has been thoroughly cared for to promote extra branches. We’ve grafted and trained our Fuji Apple Trees for an increased number of well-developed branches. And more branches bring more fruit and faster production, so your tree may even have fruit before it arrives at your door…fruit that’s fresh and easily grown because we’ve planted, monitored and nurtured your Fuji from day one.

So, we’ve done the extra work so that you don’t have to. You get the promise of great-tasting, easily-grown apples, consistent from season to season, because our trees are grown and prepped for best results.

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Planting & Care

The Fuji Apple Tree is a cross between the Red Delicious and Virginia Ralls Genet and is one of the most popular varieties of apples in the United States. As with most apple trees, they’ll require another variety with the same blooming period to be able to cross-pollinate and produce fruit, but more trees mean more fruit for you.

1. Planting: Once you’ve found a location with full to partial sun (an area with about 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) and well-drained soil, it’s time to plant. Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep. Then, gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots, place your new Fuji Apple into the hole, and back fill your soil. Finally, tamp down the soil as you fill the hole and water the planting site to settle. We also recommend mulching around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.

*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk.

2. Watering: Your Fuji Apple will benefit from a regular watering schedule each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought, but as long as your soil is consistently moist, you’re good to go. If you’re not sure when to water, simply check the surrounding soil (about 2 or 3 inches down) for dryness. If it’s dry, it’s time to water.

3. Pruning: Once your tree has become established and bears fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Prune the tree during times of dormancy and remove any upright stems in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low-hanging, droopy branches should also be removed for best results.

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Fuji Apple Tree

One of the most prized apples in the United States, the Fuji Apple tree (Malus ‘Fuji’) delivers a spectacular spring display and produces fruit in an outstanding fall harvest. Ornamental and edible, this variety is a native of Japan. It makes a wonderful focal point in your sunny backyard orchard.

A cross between the Red Delicious and the Virginia Ralls Genet, the refreshing flavor of the Fuji apple is prized. It’s now one of the favorite apples in the United States. You’ll love that hearty crunch when you bite into a Fuji, followed by the succulent, sweet juice that naturally flows from the firm texture of the fruit.

Fuji apples feature a wonderful dappled pink blush over a yellow-green fruit. They are well known for being juicy, crisp and sweet. The flesh snaps cleanly, and the texture is firm yet tender.

Using Homegrown Fuji Apples

These large, round fruits have a long shelf-life and keep well in storage. Use this all-purpose apple variety for fresh eating, applesauce and all your favorite apple desserts. The Fuji is great for baking and makes a wonderful apple juice or cider.

A popular apple juice combination has been the Fuji pressed with Granny Smith. Pick Granny Smith apples with a yellow blush late in the season. They’ll be the perfect partner for a pollination and juicing partner for the Fuji.

The Fuji Apple is awash with delicate, pink-tinged white blooms each spring with a heavenly fragrance. The flowers absolutely envelop each branch – making the tree look more like a floral centerpiece and attract butterflies.

This popular variety keeps its vibrant green foliage all summer long. You’ll thrill to watch in amazement as the tree bears fruit. These tiny apples begin to bud out on your tree before slowly growing, day by day, to maturity.

While other Apple varieties are closing up shop for the year and losing their splendor, the late mid-season Fuji is still growing strong. By October, its first red Fujis are ready for harvest.

Grow your own healthy Fuji apples. You’ll feel great about sharing them with your family and friends. With only 80 calories per apple, but simply bursting with flavor – they’ll easily tame your appetite without fear of adding unwanted pounds.

We can’t make the same guarantee about apple pie, crisps and buckles, but life is short, isn’t it? There is nothing like the taste of homegrown fruit.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Fuji trees can be held to below 10 feet with summer pruning. It is recommended to keep your apple trees low for easier maintenance and harvests.

Fuji Apple is self-fertile in Zone 9, but it does produce large crops and sets better with a pollinator in all other Zones. To extend your harvest of apples, plant with an earlier ripening Honeycrisp or Gala, then add in a mid-season Yellow Delicious apple. You can also select a late season Granny Smith to extend your harvest over 6 months.

Apple fruit trees require full sun to ensure top quality and sweetness. They prefer well drained soil, so plant them in a raised bed if your soil has less than perfect drainage. Fuji Apple is adapted to a wide range of soil types, but really likes a pH between 6-6.5.

Apples do best in an organic rich soil but will tolerate different types of soil including heavier clay soils. If unsure of the health of your soil, a soil test is always a good idea.

Once established, the Fuji apple can tolerate periods of drought. Mulching helps to extend the periods between watering and helps to keep the roots cool.

Sunburn can be a problem in areas of low humidity. Protect your newly planted Fuji apple with a tree trunk wrap, or a whitewash paint of a white interior latex paint diluted by 50% with water. Paint up into the lower canopy to protect the tree’s truck from burn.

Fuji apples have a long storage life and will last up to 3 months in a cool, dry and dark location. Even when picked straight off the tree, they will last up to 3 weeks when stored in the refrigerator. It’s great for snacking, as well as a good baking apple.

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Recommended pollinators: Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Yellow Delicious

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