Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-15 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-10 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Malus 'Granny Smith'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, OR
Pick Apples this year- Not in four years!
- Easily grown without pesticides
- Produces fruit in record time
- Adaptable to various types of soil
Granny Smith Apple Trees are fast growing, so you can pick delicious fruit in a fraction of the time.
They ripen in early November, and keep their unique tart flavor through winter and even spring!
Granny Smith Apples can be used for almost anything... meals, snacks, or desserts... and you don't have to wait 3 to 5 years to enjoy your fruit!
The Granny Smith Apple's firm, crisp skin rewards you for biting into it. Its pleasant tart flavor makes it versatile enough to be cooked with almost anything.
Your Granny Smith apple trees have been pruned back to promote more branching. More branches mean more fruit, earlier production, stronger limbs and a healthier tree. Some of our apple trees have already produced apples in our nursery!
Most nurseries sell tall, skinny stems with no branches - these are referred to as "whips". They can take several years to fruit and will generally be less productive when mature.
Our trees are pruned back and trained to develop a branching structure. This process takes more work and an extra year, but the difference you experience is dramatic.
With proper care, you will be able to start picking apples after the first season, or as soon as the first year under optimal conditions.
Granny Smith Apple Tree Pollination
Granny Smith Apple Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Granny Smith Apple Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Arrived in Great Shape
Bought the 6-7' Granny Smith tree and am thrilled! It's every bit of 7'. The root ball looked robust and healthy and the tree looked to be in great shape overall. Worth the $100 (10% off sale plus coupon).
Anxious to get apples.
Too soon to tell. The tree is looking healthy and my hope is that it will be ready for spring blossoms and fall fruit.
The tree arrived and we planted. The Granny Smith Apple Tree is growing well. I am happy. No bugs or viruses on the tree.
Meh-not what I expected.
I wanted to wait to do my review to see how my Granny Smith tree turned out. I got it last spring and have now had it a little over one year. My thoughts about the experience are mixed. I ordered the largest Granny Smith tree offered along with the recommended fertilizer and staking kit. The tree arrived taller than described; but it didn't arrive packaged as described. It was supposed to come either in standard two-gallon pot or a biodegradable bag but it came in a small plastic bag filled with moist sawdust with many of the roots chopped. The top tree branches were broken because the box was too small for my order. The problem was that the tree was stacked on top of the box of fertilizer and staking kit that I ordered so there wasn't enough room for it. It looked like the top was forcibly jammed into the box. I later found the same type of tree for 1/3 the cost at a local nursery; and that tree was much thicker taller and more branched. Needless to say I was disappointed with my purchase. I guess I was expecting something better. After hardening off the tree that I got from this website it had a rough start. Although I did try to follow all the recommendations for planting the tree I ran into some problems. When I planted the tree I had to try to plant it at an angle and use the stakes in attempt to train it to grow a bit straighter because the trunk was pretty curved. At the price I paid for this tree I would expect something a bit better than that. Then we got torrential rains for weeks and the tree uprooted a bit in the soft muddy soil due to back pressure from the staking. In response to all of these stresses many of the tree's leaves fell off. Then the tree got cedar rust disease and struggled for a while. It did however rebound and manage to grow a few inches by the end of summer. Considering the tortured conditions it had to undergo in the beginning I would say that it is a fairly hardy tree. Nevertheless I wasn't all that impressed with what I got for the price. I actually had to do quite a bit of trimming on the tree late this past winter as well. It wasn't due to the new growth. I had to cut off a lot of dysfunctional crossing branches and then I had to make some new cuts into the tree to try to encourage more branching on a bare side. This spring the tree came back and did OK. We did get a few blossoms on it but no fruit. The tree is planted 25 feet between a large prolific self-pollinating apple tree and a Winesap Tree so I was a bit surprised and disappointed that I didn't get a single apple. Overall my feelings are mixed. In some respects I don't feel that I got the tree that was advertised and it didn't quite perform as advertised. Nevertheless the tree seems pretty hardy and it is doing OK.
Just planted the tree this spring. It's looks good but it's a little early to say how it will perform.
Planting & Care
The Granny Smith apple (Malus ‘Granny Smith’) is a crisp green apple known for its juicy, tart flavor and fast fruit production. This compact tree is great for small landscapes only maturing to a height of 10-15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, it can grow in many climates from USDA zones 5-8. It can tolerate cold temperatures down to -10 degrees, but requires roughly 400 chill hours, so it will still produce in areas where it gets warm earlier in the season. The Granny Smith flowers later in the season (April to May depending on your location) and fruit is ready for harvest in November. Granny Smith trees are self fertile and can produce fruit with only one tree, but the harvest will be larger if there are other pollinators present (listed below).
Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed.
Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Granny Smith apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.
1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Granny Smith apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch 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 as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.
Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Granny Smith apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.
1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.
Watering (in ground): Your Granny Smith apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.
Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.
Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.
Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about
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You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|