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Apple trees (Malus domestica) started in Central Asia but now you can find them all over the world. Their fruits are superstars, used in pies, drinks, and so many recipes. People have grown apples for a very long time, and they sometimes stand for learning and temptation. There are over 7,500 types of apples, each with its own flavor and look. Check out 29 of our varieties below.


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The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family. Its fruit has been grown for over 4,000 years and now cultivates in regions around the globe. From the crisp and sweet Honeycrisp to the tart and juicy Granny Smith, each variety serves different culinary and eating purposes.

Apples are not only flavorful but are also rich in essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, vitamin C, and various antioxidants. Consuming apples may be associated with many health benefits, from improved heart health to reduced risks of diabetes. They can be eaten fresh, juiced, or used in various culinary dishes like pies, sauces, and salads.

When purchasing, it’s essential to consider the intended use, as some varieties are better suited for cooking, while others are best eaten fresh. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy the rich history, diverse flavors, and health benefits that apples offer.

Apple Trees FAQ

Are apple trees self pollinating?

Apple trees are primarily cross-pollinating, meaning they require pollen from another apple variety to produce fruit. While a few apple varieties exhibit partial self-fertility, it's generally recommended to plant more than one variety nearby to ensure successful pollination and optimal fruit yield.

Can apple trees pollinate pear trees?

No, apple trees cannot pollinate pear trees. While both apple and pear trees belong to the same family, Rosaceae, they are different genera (Malus for apples and Pyrus for pears). Their flowers are structurally different, and their pollen is not compatible.

Are apple tree roots invasive?

Apple tree roots are not typically classified as invasive. However, they can spread extensively, often extending beyond the tree's canopy, especially in standard-sized apple trees. While they don't aggressively seek out water sources like some tree species, they can still cause damage if planted too close to shallow foundations or sidewalks. Many apple trees are grafted onto specific rootstocks, influencing the size and spread of their root system. It's crucial to consider the potential spread of apple tree roots when choosing a planting location, ensuring they don't interfere with structures or other plants.

How many apple trees per acre?

The number of apple trees one can plant per acre is influenced by the cultivation method chosen. In traditional orchards with standard-sized trees, you'd typically find 20-40 trees per acre. Conversely, in modern high-density orchards where dwarfing rootstocks are employed, it's possible to plant anywhere from 500 to 1,500 trees per acre.

Which apples are sweet?

Several apple varieties are renowned for their sweetness. Among these are the Honeycrisp, with its crisp texture and sugary taste; the Fuji, known for its long-lasting sweetness; and the Gala, which offers a delightful balance of sweetness with hints of tartness. When selecting apples, these varieties are great choices for those who prefer a sweeter flavor profile.