Apple trees do not die in cold weather, but apple buds and flowers do. Apple buds begin to grow in spring and lose their ability to withstand cold weather. If temperatures drop below 25 degrees, 90 percent of all buds and flowers will die. The 10 percent of apple buds that do survive will most likely suffer from tissue damage and result in defects on the apple.
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