An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
A little known variety that deserves more recognition, this Minnesota selection is a Wealthy x Dolgo crab cross. Child-sized apples are bright scarlet over yellow, with a sweet, somewhat nutty flavour. Great for fresh eating, preserving or cider. Highly scab resistant, compact but slightly spreading tree is an excellent pollenizer with snowy white blossoms.
SELF-FERTILE | ZONE 3 | HARVEST: MID - LATE AUG