Pristine apple trees

  • Picking season: Very early
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Pristine is an attractive green-yellow apple, and usually the first to ripen - if you want fresh new season apples in July, this is the one get.

It has a sweet/tart flavor, and also keeps quite well - a week or so in the fridge. Pick when still slightly green for use in the kitchen, or wait until it turns golden yellow for eating fresh.

Pristine's other notable feature is its good disease-resistance, and the apples usually have an attractive clean finish.

Pristine apple trees for sale

Mature height
1-year Pristine apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Pristine apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
1-year Pristine apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

How to grow

Pristine is generally easy to grow, and is very resistant to scab, and has some resistance to mildew. The developers found it has some resistance to cedar-apple rust and fireblight, but some reports suggest it may be slightly susceptible.

It's main weakness is a tendency to over-crop, resulting in small fruits. Thinning of the fruitlets in June will resolve this.

Historical details

As the name suggests, Pristine was developed in the co-operative breeding program of Purdue University, Rutgers University, and the University of Illinois (PRI ...). It's development reference was "Co-op 32" and it was released in the 1990s.

Pristine characteristics


  • Picking season: Very early
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Uses: Eating fresh


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable


  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Very resistant


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Yellow