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List of the best apple trees for the beginner

Reliable apple varieties which are easy to grow, disease-resistant, good-cropping - ideal for the new apple grower.


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Varieties list

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    Akane

    Akane apple tree
    Akane is an attractive early-season eating apple with a good pedigree and a sweet/sharp flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Alkmene

    Alkmene apple tree
    Alkmene is a mid-season apple from Germany, related to to Cox but with a more robust flavor.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Antonovka

    Antonovka apple tree
    Antonovka is one of the most cold-hardy of all apple varieties.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Chieftain

    Chieftain apple tree
    A quietly popular apple, similar to Delicious but with a better and more complex flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Cortland

    Cortland apple tree
    Developed from McIntosh, Cortland is one of the most widely-grown Mac-style apples.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    CrimsonCrispTM

    CrimsonCrisp apple tree
    CrimsonCrisp is a modern scab-resistant apple, with a very crisp flesh. It can be picked over a long-period.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    CrimsonTopazTM

    CrimsonTopaz is a modern scab-resistant variety from the Czech Republic, with a sweet-tart flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Dayton

    Dayton is an attractive red modern disease-resistant apple with crisp flesh and a sweet/tart flavor.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Duchess of Oldenburg

    Duchess of Oldenburg apple tree
    An old culinary variety from Russia, popular in North America, and noted for its winter hardiness.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Egremont Russet

    Egremont Russet apple tree
    Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Empire

    Empire apple tree
    One of the most widely-planted McIntosh style apples, Empire has the Mac flavor but improves on it.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Enterprise

    Enterprise apple tree
    Enterprise is a modern American disease-resistant apple, good for eating fresh and cooking.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Florina

    Florina apple tree
    A modern disease-resistant variety related to Jonathan and Golden Delicious.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Freedom

    Freedom apple tree
    A modern disease-resistant apple variety, similar to McIntosh.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Galarina

    Galarina is best considered an improved, disease-resistant Gala (to which it is closely related).
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Gilpin

    Gilpin is a traditional American an all-purpose apple, an excellent keeper, useful in the kitchen and for cider too.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Ginger Gold®

    Ginger Gold apple tree
    One of the first yellow apples to ripen.
    • Picking season: Very early
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    GoldRush

    GoldRush apple tree
    GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, like Golden Delicious but with a better tart/sweet balance. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Honeycrisp

    Honeycrisp apple tree
    Honeycrisp is a cold-hardy disease-resistant apple - it shows just how good modern apples have become.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Hudson's Golden Gem

    Hudson's Golden Gem apple tree
    A large yellow russeted apple with an excellent sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Idared

    A popular and versatile apple, especially good for juicing, and an exceptional keeper.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
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    Keepsake

    Keepsake apple tree
    A high-quality late-season eating apple, keeps well, and at its best in mid-winter.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Kidd's Orange Red

    Kidd's Orange Red apple tree
    Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Liberty

    Liberty apple tree
    Liberty is a popular disease-resistant apple, large crops of bright red apples, similar to McIntosh.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    McIntosh

    McIntosh apple tree
    A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Pixie CrunchTM

    Pixie Crunch apple tree
    Pixie Crunch is a small modern disease-resistant apple with a crisp flesh and great flavor.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Redfree

    Redfree apple tree
    A disease-resistant and cold-hardy summer apple with a sweet flavor, also known as Co-op 13.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Saint Edmund's Russet

    Saint Edmund's Russet apple tree
    Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Sansa

    Sansa apple tree
    A high quality early-season apple variety with a notably sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    SnowSweet®

    SnowSweet apple tree
    A rich sweet-flavored red apple which grows best in the northern states.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Spartan

    Spartan apple tree
    Spartan produces lots of crimson maroon apples, crunchy, sweet, easy to grow, and a delicate "vinous" flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Sweet Sixteen

    Sweet Sixteen apple tree
    Sweet 16 is a sweet-flavored apple, with good cold hardiness.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Tydeman's Late Orange

    Tydeman's Late Orange apple tree
    An excellent late-season Cox-style aromatic apple.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Wolf River

    Wolf River apple tree
    Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Yellow Transparent

    Yellow Transparent apple tree
    A traditional very early-season dual-purpose apple, which is also very winter-hardy.
    • Picking season: Very early
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile