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Domestic Apple

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  4-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun

Mature Height & Width:  12-20' Height and 12-20' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year on average

Moisture Requirements: Average soils

Plant Characteristics

Domestic Apple

Malus domestica

Calling all wildlife! Seed grown, this wild apple tree grows to a height and spread of 12' to 20'. Characteristics such as size, color, taste and ripening dates will differ from tree to tree. Apples may fall from some trees in autumn, and others in winter. The Domestic Apple is a great, low cost alternative to the popular cultivars, and the wildlife love them. This is a great time to start your own wildlife orchard.

The Domestic Apple has excellent wildlife value, as many types of birds and mammals love to consume apples. In the spring, fragrant apple blossoms will please local bee populations as they collect nectar and pollen. The insects attracted to the trees will surely bring in a variety of birds. In the fall and winter, deer and other mammals will certainly appreciate the much needed food source.

  • The Domestic Apple will generally begin to bear fruit within 3 to 5 years of planting.
  • This wild apple is grown from seeds collected from canneries after processing .
  • Since these trees are not grafted, they do not exhibit specific qualities that many people are used to seeking out for their own consumption.  Some of these trees may exhibit qualities of a specific cultivated variety, and some will not.
  • Pest and disease resistance will also vary from tree to tree, as these trees have not been specifically cultivated for any specific resistance traits.

Common uses for the Domestic Apple include:

  • Wildlife food plots - whether hunting or harboring, this is a must have
  • Helps support local bee hive production
  • Apple wood is used in some smokers as a flavor additive
  • People do eat these apples - you will have to taste from each tree to find the one(s) you enjoy

The Domestic Apple has excellent wildlife value.  In spring, bees benefit from the nectar and pollen produced by its flowers.  Once apples ripen, many insects are attracted to them which in turn attracts a variety of different birds.  Whether on the tree, or once fallen to the ground, the apple feeds many forms of wildlife.  Deer, turkey, fox, fishers, porcupines, bobcats, coyotes, red squirrels and black bears enjoy eating the apples.  This is an important food source, as many apples will hang on the tree well into winter, when other food sources are otherwise scarce or covered by snow. 

Product Questions

How many trees do you get when you purchase this product because it says seedling but does not specify a number also for how much.
Question by: Katie on Oct 28, 2020, 5:14 PM
You get one tree for $6.75 each. You can order as many as you like, as long as you place a $30 minimum order with us before shipping is calculated. If you order 25 or more of the Domestic apple you would pay $5.65 each.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Oct 29, 2020, 9:52 AM
Can these be potted for a year or so before being planted on our mountain property?
Question by: Chris on Nov 11, 2021, 9:35 PM
We do not recommend potting any of the bareroot stock. Potted trees require a whole different level of care and potting them will void our warranty.

I would recommend creating a holding bed for the trees until you are able to plant them at your other property.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Nov 12, 2021, 8:45 AM
I assume these should be tubed to stop browsing?
Question by: Derek Deshler on Apr 4, 2022, 2:36 PM
Yes, you should cage or protect somehow when they are young to prevent deer browse.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 4, 2022, 2:37 PM
does this pollenate honey crisp?
Question by: bill hennen on Apr 5, 2022, 8:30 AM
Yes Domestic apple should be able to pollinate the Honeycrisp apple. The flowers on both trees need to blossom at the same time for proper pollination to occur.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 5, 2022, 11:01 AM
Will this pollinate Red Delicious?
Question by: Zeke on Aug 6, 2022, 8:42 PM
It will depend on the flowering time of the domestic apple if it coincides with the flowering of the Red Delicious apple tree. Since the domestic apple can vary as to what taste, etc flowering time can vary. Most likely it will work, but again, it depends on the flowering time.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Aug 10, 2022, 10:56 AM