Best apples for coast

westgate(8b Brit.Col.)October 6, 2007

Thanks for all the great advice on apple trees..... I have more or less decided on Liberty (if I can find one) or Gravenstein. There are various apples in gardens on my street, would that be sufficient pollination (lots of crab apples and mason bees as well.)? Does the Liberty get big? I want a small tree if possible.

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gardengal48

You should be fine. Mason bees don't travel as far as honeybees in search of pollen, but they do make the rounds within a neighborhood. I have never utilized mason bees but there certainly seems to be enough pollinators around, as my tree produces well each season......sometimes too well :-)

All apple varieties have the ability to get large, however you will almost always find them grafted onto dwarfing rootstock. A semi-dwarf or dwarf tree should remain a good size for an urban garden. I'd avoid a minidwarf, as there is too much incompatibility with the rootstock and these little tiny guys often fail.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2007 at 10:41AM
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