Different types of apple trees for sale. Buy old heirloom, dwarf, sweet red, sour green, and yellow apple tree varieties here. Pie, baking, cider, dessert, and fresh eating apple trees.
There is a significant amount of overlap between the categories on this page. My personal opinion weighed heavily in deciding if a particular variety should be classified as a cooking or fresh eating apple, and other apple lovers may disagree.
Also, there were some apples which I have listed as cooking apples when I know they are really all-purpose types because I feel that they taste best when cooked.
For example, Cox's Orange Pippin is reputed to be the world's premier dessert apple, but it is also an old British heritage apple. While I agree that COP is one of the best-tasting apples in cultivation, I've listed it with the heirloom apples to make it easy for people searching for antique apple trees to find.
In other words, the categories are best treated as loose guidelines to help novice apple growers find a tree with the qualities they desire. Once you've got a bearing tree or two in your yard, you will undoubtedly discover the versatility inherent in each one of these delicious varieties.
Winesap and Gravenstein are good cider, cooking, and eating apples.
Gravenstein apples possess the added benefit of being very fragrant. This aromatic fruit grows on vigorous, summer-bearing trees that perform best in zones 5-8 where summers are cool.
Winesap apple trees are fireblight resistant and self-sterile.
Northern Spy apple trees take longer to mature and begin bearing than any other variety, so don't think that something is wrong if all your other trees produce crops long before it does. It is not unusual for this type to begin producing in its 15th or even its 20th season!
The heavy crops of crisp, juicy, red-striped fruit are worth waiting for as they are not just good cooking apples, but they make good snacks and store well to boot.
Northern Spy apple trees need 800 hours of winter chill. This hardy variety is well suited to the northern U.S. Plant it in zones 4-8.
McIntosh and Jonathan were two of my mother's favorite pie apples. Whenever we were invited to someone's home for dinner, the hosts nearly always requested that my mom bring one of her renowned apple pies for dessert!
Mom had a few varieties she preferred to bake with, but McIntosh was her first choice. The red-striped fruits store well and can also be used for cider. The trees are hardy (zones 3b-8), bear heavily, and ripen their crop all at once.
Jonathan apple trees are disease resistant, productive and self-fruitful. Plant them in zones 5-8.
Delicious apples are self-unfruitful. Plant a pollinator within 100 feet of them. Golden Delicious will set a light crop when grown without a pollinator, Red Delicious will not.
Golden Delicious (zones 5-9) also begins to bear earlier than Red Delicious (zones 5-8).
Shiny, red Liberty apples are crisp and juicy when eaten fresh, but they can also be cooked and they store well. Liberty apple trees are extremely disease resistant, hardy, and productive in zones 4-8.
Scab resistant Lodi apple trees bear heavily and early, but require a pollinator. Performs well in zones 4-8.
Other cider apple trees include: Mutsu (Crispin), Newton Pippin, McIntosh, Gravenstein, Stayman Winesap, Winter Banana, and Empire.
The crisp, juicy flesh of Granny Smith apples are good when cooked or eaten fresh. They also store well.
Granny Smith apple trees require 500-600 chilling hours each winter in order to bear well.They are early bearers which produce abundant crops, but they need a long growing season as it takes the fruit at least 170 days from bloom to ripen.