The Wolf River Apple originated from the shores of the Wolf River near Fremont, Wisconsin back in 1875. They are remarkably hardy and typically disease resistant. They can grow up to 12 to 15 feet high and will take 2 to 5 years to bear fruit. They can be widely adaptable. It is recommended to cross pollinate with a different variety for best growing and bearing success, such as the Honey Crisp or Golden Delicious.
Snow Apples are one of the oldest varieties of apples and a parent of the McIntosh. It is one of the few apples that often reproduce true to variety when it is established from seed. Named for its white flesh and winter hardiness, it originated in France and introduced to Canada and America in the 1700s. The tree has a heavy branching and bearing habit requiring regular pruning.
The Redhaven Peach is a well-known and popular variety. It originated in South Haven, Michigan back in 1930 and finally introduced in 1940. It grows 20 to 25 feet tall and wide, bearing fruit after 3 to 4 years with peak production at 8 to 12 years. They are tolerant to heat and humidity. They are heavy bearing and cold hardy. The fragrant, pink flowers will develop late to avoid any spring frosts.
The President Plum variety is a strong, upright tree that can be a heavy producer. Being of the last plums to ripen in the season, this fruit tree is winter hardy. It is popular in commercial plantings.
The Montmorency Tart Cherry is a spur type tree that is self-pollinating and naturally semi dwarf. Ripening in early to mid-July. Tree requires full sun and aeration and are more cold tolerant than the sweet cherry.
The McIntosh is a popular and hardy apple cultivar. In fact, it grows best in cool areas when nights are cold which helps maintain the fruits color and firmness. It is best to spray for apple scab to limit your risk of losing an entire crop, however moderately resistant to other common diseases.
The Idared apple is cross between Jonathan and Wagener varieties and is known to be tart and juicy. These qualities make them great for making apple sauces, pies, and cakes. Idareds are known to be one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the U.S.
The Honeycrisp apples are highly rated for flavor and storage consistency, growing up to 20 feet tall and wide. It would do well as a stand-alone accent in the yard or planted with some small shrubs for definition. Its low canopy makes it ideal for planting under power lines or other such troublesome locations. You can increase your fall yield if you plant another variety close by to aid in pollination. Pink buds open into fragrant white blossoms.
These apples are known for their consistently sweet flavor. The tree reaches heights up 15 to 20 feet in the semi-dwarf stage. It requires full sun and produces well in zones 5 through 10. It was designated the official state fruit of West Virginia on February 20, 1995.
The Fuji apple was developed in the early 1930’s by the Tohoku Research station in Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan. Marketed in 1962, this variety is a cross between the Red Delicious and the old Virginia Ralls Genet. Blooming in mid-April, these trees can reach up to 12 to 14 feet high but require full sun.
They grow fast at a rate of nearly 24 inches per year. Once mature, they will be on average 15 to 20 feet with a slightly less spread. Flowering exquisite showy white flowers just before the leaves arrive in spring. The leaves are simple, glossy green that alternate on the twig growing up to 3 inches long. They are thick with slight midrib curves folding the edges inward and fine teeth on the margin. Although tolerate to other types, production may be less and are sensitive to salt and drought.
Arkansas Black is a variety that has been known since 1870. They are very disease resistant and make excellent food for deer and game, but are not the type of apple you would pick right off the tree and eat. They reach peak flavor and texture after a long period of storage and are sweet and rich for pie baking and cider making.