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True Root Nursery

Red-Fleshed Feral Apple Seedling

Red-Fleshed Feral Apple Seedling

Species: Malus sp

History: These seedlings were grown from seeds sourced from feral red-fleshed apples and have red-tinged foliage, improving the odds they will also produce red-fleshed fruit.

Why We Grow It: Apple seedlings tend to vary quite notably from their parents so it's hard to say what the fruit will be like. Red-fleshed varieties tend to have a more astringent taste, possibly making these seedlings good for cider blends for those interested in experimenting. With red-tinged leaves and potentially pink blooms, these may also form nice ornamental trees. Otherwise, for anyone interested in planting a fenceline or putting some trees in to feed wildlife, this would be a good option for you!

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Fence lines, feeding wildlife

Fruit Size:

Storage: May keep a few weeks or several months when stored in cool, humid conditions

Harvest: August

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions.

Flowering Time: Spring

Bloom Colour: White or Pink

Pollination Requirements: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Tree reaches 4.5m-6m tall. Harvest August to October. Possibly hardier than zone 5.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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