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FrostbiteTM apple tree

Frostbite
Frostbite is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Frostbite is an unusual apple, smaller than most modern varieties, and with a very different intense sweet flavor.

It is also one of the most cold-hardy of all apple varieties, and can be grown throughout zone 4 and with care in zone 3 (using cold-hardy rootstocks).

Frostbite apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $39.30
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

History

Frostbite was developed by the University of Minnesota in 1921, but not trademarked and released until 2008. For most of the intervening period it was relatively unknown outside of the university, where it was referred to simply as MN 447. However it has played a key role in the University of Minnesota's long-term apple breeding program, and contributed its excellent cold-hardiness to several other important varieties - it is a parent of Keepsake and Sweet Sixteen, and grandparent of Honeycrisp.

Frostbite characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 3 (-40C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorRed - dark

Similar varieties

  • See also Honeycrisp
    Honeycrisp
    Honeycrisp is a cold-hardy disease-resistant apple - it shows just how good modern apples have become.
  • See also Keepsake
    Keepsake
    A high-quality late-season eating apple, keeps well, and at its best in mid-winter.
  • See also Sweet Sixteen
    Sweet Sixteen
    Sweet 16 is a sweet-flavored apple, with good cold hardiness.