How to Buy Apple Trees for New York


New York's warm spring and crisp fall weather are ideal for apple growing. These cold-hardy fruit trees need no winter frost protection. The state produces both commercially popular varieties and obscure heirlooms. Whether you're interested in apples for baking or eating, you can readily find apple trees for New York yards. Select a tree in the spring once frost danger passes; trees planted then get to acclimate to your home before winter frosts set in.

Step 1

Research apple varieties that grow well in New York, using New York Apply Country and Cornell University's variety lists. Empire and Cortland make good all-purpose apples. Ginger Gold and Honeycrisp are best eaten fresh. Rhode Island Greening and Northern Spy make ideal cooking and baking apples.

Step 2

Call local apple orchards near you to see whether they sell apple saplings. If so, find out what types they sell. Visit to pick out a tree if any of the orchards sell apple saplings that interest you.

Step 3

Stop by local nurseries and garden centers to browse available apple cultivars. Select a tree that interests you. If you can't find any of your preferred varieties, ask a nursery staff member about a suitable substitute.

Step 4

Choose a container or bare root apple sapling that's one or two years old. Look for a tree with a long, straight trunk and no low branches. Avoid trees with only one branch or with several branches clustered in one area. If you're buying a bare root tree, choose one with lots of healthy, strong roots.


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  • Cornell University: Apple Varieties Grown in New York State
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Based in Northern California, Elton Dunn is a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant with 14 years' experience. Dunn specializes in travel, food, business, gardening, education and the legal fields. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. Dunn holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English.