Facts About Apple Trees

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Overview

Apple trees offer a beautiful addition to backyard garden areas and landscaping. Not only gorgeous with their sweeping branches and bright blossoms, apple trees also function as a source of food with its delicious varieties of apple fruit.

Planting

Apple trees grow well in most soil conditions. Northern states should plant in early spring, while southern state trees do better planted in the fall.

Varieties

Dozens of varieties of apple trees exist with each tree's individual fruit production, decided by the rootstalk or bottom of the young tree. You can choose varieties by their use such as eventual fruit to eat directly or use for baking and cooking.

Pollination

Apple trees cannot self pollinate or pollinate with other apple trees. Instead, the trees rely on pollination of apple blossoms by bees.

Pests

Pests attack apple trees frequently. Apple maggots, green fruit worms and aphids are a few of the most common pests. Trees usually require yearly spraying of pesticides to avoid serious damage.

Fun Fact

Apple trees do not bear apples until reaching 4 of 5 years old. On rare occasions, 200-year-old trees might still bear fruit.

References

  • Apple Tree Care
  • Growing Apple Trees In The Home Garden
  • A Bushel of Facts About Wisconsin Apples

Who Can Help

  • Apple Essentials
  • Choosing Apple Varieties
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About this Author

Connie Whiting has been a professional writer since 1999. She is published in Red Rock Press Anthologies and "Legacy" magazine. She is also an experienced food column writer. Past positions include certified dental assistant and virtual assistant for “Your Invisible Assistant” a service focused on travel arrangements and media writing. Currently, Connie writes for Demand Studios while pursuing an Associate of Arts.

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