Apple Fruit Salad Tree Information

Apple Fruit Salad Trees bear up to six different varieties of Apples on 1 tree! We graft combinations of different Apple varieties to suit all of the Australian climates. Warm, humid, tropical, cold and alpine areas alike can enjoy different Apples from the same space saving and fast fruiting Fruit Salad Tree!

 

Climate

Good news, there is an Apple Fruit Salad Tree suitable for all Australian Climates.

To check your climate and find out if your area is suitable for All Climate Apple Varieties or Cold Climate Apple varieties, click on our Climate Map and/or see the Variety Information Table below.


In general,  Tropical / Warm / Temperate climates can grow All Climate varieties of Apples. Cold climates can grow both Cold Climate and All Climate Apple Varieties. See your Climate zone map for area specific details.


Varieties

We graft varieties that are suited to Warm Climates and Cold Climates. They are red, yellow or green skin apples, crunchy, juicy and full of flavour. All the apples cross-pollinate one another so only one tree is required.

Red Lady

Fruit characteristics: The Red Lady apple is a low chill apple variety that is suitable for the subtropics . It is an early fruiting variety with white flesh that is sweet crunchy and has a skin that is red over yellow in colour. It is a very prolific producer. Great for lunch boxes.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable early flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'ALL Climate' apple (Low Chill) that is suitable for the subtropics.

Chill Hours: >300hrs

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: February - March

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). They benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Anna

The Anna apple is a low chill apple variety that is suitable for the subtropics - an early fruiting variety that is great for eating straight off the tree and for cooking scrumptious apple pies and apple sauces.                        

Fruit characteristics: A sweet and crunchy apple similar to a Red Delicious, produces an abundant amount of fruit once it reaches maturity. Red over yellow/green in colour.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable early flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'ALL Climate' apple (Low Chill) that is suitable for the subtropics.

Chill Hours: >300hrs

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: December - February

Pro Tip: Potassium is a great nutrient to add to your apple Fruit Salad Tree to encourage growing vigour in Spring.

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). they benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Tropic Sweet

Fruit characteristics: The Tropic Sweet Apple is a super sweet, low-acid apple. It tastes very similar to a ‘Gala’ apple with a crunchy texture. It is Light green, with a light rosy red blush. Excellent production.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable early flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'ALL Climate' apple (Low Chill) that is suitable for the subtropics or warmer climates.

Chill Hours: 250 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.0-6.5 pH

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: November - February

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). They benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Golden Dorsett

Fruit characteristics: Golden Dorsett is an early-season producer, originally from the Bahamas. Golden Dorsett produces medium to large, sweet flavoured apples with lingering acidic notes. It is yellow to yellow-green in colour, sometimes with a pink blush from the sun.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable early flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'ALL Climate' apple (Low Chill) that is suitable for warm climates and the subtropics.

Chill Hours: <100 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.6-7.3

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: November -February

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). They benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Green Glow

Fruit characteristics: The Green Glow apple grows well in warmer regions but will also fruit in ALL climates. Larger than a Granny Smith with a sweeter, less acidic flavour, the Green Glow apple is perfect for those who find the Granny Smith a bit too sour. Perfect for your backyard or balcony!

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable early flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'ALL Climate' apple (Low Chill) that is suitable for the subtropics and cold climates.

Chill Hours: >250 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.5-7.5

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: January - March

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). They benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Granny Smith

Fruit characteristics: Granny Smith is a large, solid green apple with feint white spots called lenticels on its skin. It is very crisp with a sharp tart flavour. It is very versatile, commonly used in baking and roasting. Served slightly chilled, it can also be very refreshing, and works well in salads. A famous all-purpose apple.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Partially self pollinating but recommend cross pollination with a suitable flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: Cold Climate but is suitable for cooler and arid subtropical areas as well.

Chill Hours: 400-600 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: February - April

Did you know? Granny Smith is the most famous Australian apple variety. Found by Maria Smith as a chance seedling in a compost pile in the 1860's. 

Q&A

Red Delicious

The Red Delicious is a high chill apple variety that is suitable for cooler climates. It produces an abundant crop and is perfect in a salad. Loaded with Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. These apples just taste nicer when picked fresh from your backyard.

Fruit characteristics: A gorgeous, crimson-red coloured apple; with a sweet delicate flavour, that has crisp white juicy flesh.

Blossoms: Beautiful light pink blossoms in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires another apple variety for pollinating. Our multi-grafted Fruit Salad trees are perfect as you get different varieties all in one tree!

Preferred Climate: 'COLD Climate' apple (High Chill) that is suitable for the cool temperate climates.

Chill Hours: >700hrs

Fruiting Season: February - April

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres (2 metres wide)

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Pro Tip: Potassium is a great nutrient to add to your apple Fruit Salad Tree to encourage growing vigour in Spring.

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). they benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Pink Lady

Fruit characteristics: Pink Lady apples offer a delicious sweet-tart taste and a crisp slightly dry firm creamy-white flesh. This apple's tender skin has a pink to reddish-pink blush over a yellow background. A very attractive apple with a good flavour, and deservedly popular.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Partially self pollinating but recommend cross pollination with a suitable flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: Cold Climate but is suitable for cool temperate areas as well.

Chill Hours: 300-400 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: March - May

Did you know? Pink Lady (also called Cripps Pink) was developed in the 1970s by John Cripps in Western Australia, and is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. 

Granny Smith

Fruit characteristics: Granny Smith is a large, solid green apple with feint white spots called lenticels on its skin. It is very crisp with a sharp tart flavour. It is very versatile, commonly used in baking and roasting. Served slightly chilled, it can also be very refreshing, and works well in salads. A famous all-purpose apple.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Partially self pollinating but recommend cross pollination with a suitable flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: Cold Climate but is suitable for cooler and arid subtropical areas as well.

Chill Hours: 400-600 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: February - April

Did you know? Granny Smith is the most famous Australian apple variety. Found by Maria Smith as a chance seedling in a compost pile in the 1860's. 

Golden Delicious

Fruit characteristics: Golden Delicious apples are pale green to golden yellow in colour and speckled with small spots. They are medium to large in size, and are a conical or oblong shape. Golden Delicious apples are crisp, firm and white-fleshed. They have a balanced sweet-tart aromatic flavour, which has been described as honeyed. The Yellow coloured apples look amazing on a multigrafted apple tree against the green and red fo the other apples. A wonderful apple to be enjoyed daily.

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Partially self pollinating but recommend cross pollination with a suitable flowering apple. Its is a great pollenizer for other apples. (Please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: Cold Climate but is suitable for cool temperate areas as well.

Chill Hours: 600-700 hours

Can they grow in pots? Yes; we recommend planting your Fruit Salad Tree in pots starting in size of around 40 cm in diameter (see our care instructions for more information).

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres.

pH Range: 6.5-7.4

Frost: As spring temperatures often fluctuate it is always good to think about protecting your blossoms from frost.

Fruiting Season: February to April

Did you know? The flavour of Golden Delicious varies depending on where these apples are grown; in a cool climate, the amount of acid increases, creating a sweeter flavour. When grown in warmer areas, the acid content is lower, creating a milder flavour.

Red Fuji

Fuji apples are a red, high chill apple that are ideal for snacking with a sweet taste. A prolific producer, with fruit that holds well on the tree. They contain plenty of good nutrients like vitamin C, fibre and potassium. Great for juicing, cooking in pies and sauces.

Fruit characteristics: Skin colour can vary but predominantly red/dull pink blush over a greeny/yellow base. They are a round apple, with flesh that has a sweet delicate honey-pineapple flavour. Crisp, crunchy and very juicy.       

Blossoms: Pink buds and bloom as white flowers in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires another apple variety for pollinating - Our multi-grafted Fruit Salad trees are perfect as you get different varieties all in one tree!

Preferred Climate: 'COLD Climate' apple (High Chill) that is suitable for the cool temperate climates.

Chill Hours: >500hrs

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres (2 meters wide)

pH Range: 6.5-7.3 pH

Fruiting Season: February - April 

Pro Tip: Potassium is a great nutrient to add to your apple Fruit Salad Tree to encourage growing vigour in Spring.

Royal Gala

Royal Gala apples are a lunchbox favourite due to their sweet, soft, juicy flesh and smaller size. These apples are ideal for baking, salads, sauces and we've been told are a great apple for pressing into cider. The Royal part of the name came from it being one Queen Elizabeth II's preferred eating apples!

Fruit characteristics: Characterised by a blush of pink and yellow on the skin to almost orange stripes. A smaller sized juicy apple with a mild sweet flavour and crisp, creamy yellow flesh.  

Blossoms: Beautiful light pink blossoms in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires another apple variety for pollinating - Our multi-grafted Fruit Salad trees are perfect as you get different varieties all in one tree!

Preferred Climate: 'COLD Climate' apple (High Chill) that is suitable for the cool temperate climates.

Chill Hours: >500hrs

Fruiting Season: February - May

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres (2 metres wide)

pH Range: 6.5-7.3 pH

Pro Tip: Potassium is a great nutrient to add to your apple Fruit Salad Tree to encourage growing vigour in Spring.

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). They benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Sundowner

Fruit characteristics: Sundowner is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams apples. It is a medium to large apple, with crimson to dark red skin, white flesh and a juicy, medium sweetness. Sundowner is a highly productive apple with a flavour less delicate than the Pink Lady, to which it is related.

Blossoms: Beautiful light pink blossoms in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'COLD Climate' apple that is suitable for cool temperate to warm arid temperate climates.

Chill Hours: 200-300 hours

Fruiting Season:  March - April

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres (2 metres wide)

pH Range: 6.5-7.3

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). they benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Jonathan

Fruit characteristics: The Jonathan apple is medium sized, with a thin red skin, and can sometimes display a yellow to green blush. The flesh of the Jonathon apple is creamy yellow in colour with a crisp bite and lots of juice. Its flavour is mildly sweet with a tart tang and subtle hints of spice.

Blossoms: Beautiful light pink blossoms in Spring.

Pollination Information: Requires cross pollination with a suitable flowering apple. (please note your apple tree will be sold with the correct pollinator for your variety, unless you order a single graft apple tree).

Preferred Climate: 'COLD Climate' apple that is suitable for cool temperate to warm arid temperate climates.

Chill Hours: >400 hours

Fruiting Season: February - March

Height: When planted in the ground our multi-grafted Apple Fruit Salad Trees will grow to approximately 2.5 metres (2 metres wide)

pH Range: 6.5-7.4

Did you know? Apple trees look great grown along a trellis (also known as espalier). they benefit from being positioned against a north or west facing wall.

Q&A

What about cross-pollination?

There is no need for further cross-pollination as the varieties grafted onto your tree cross-pollinate each other.

What is the mature height of the trees?

Mature height of the trees in the ground are:

Apples: tree height 2-3 metres, width 2 metres (we recommend espalier)

All trees can be grown by espalier method to save space, or in "stand alone" position.

Growing trees in a pot?

When growing in a pot, the size of tree will be determined by the size of the pot. E.g. in a half wine barrel pot, the tree would reach about half the 'in ground' size. See 'How to plant my tree in a pot'.

How often should I water my tree?

Keep your tree moist at all times, watering more often during the hotter months. A good layer of mulch promotes a more consistent moisture level. Weekly deep watering is best, i.e. leave hose on trickle overnight. This promotes a deeper root development for the tree, rather than surface watering. Reduce watering habits for dormant trees during the winter months.

When should I fertilise my tree?

Fertilise 2 to 3 times a year! Apply late winter, early summer and early autumn. Cow or animal manure (older is better) and compost are excellent fertilisers. Otherwise suggestions would be: a slow release fertiliser (Osmocote with added trace elements) mixed into the soil, Blood and Bone, Dynamic Lifter or equivalent. No more than one or two of these fertilisers to each application. From time to time kitchen scraps can be added under the mulch to attract earthworms (if no dogs are about!).

Note: When using fertilisers, keep from direct contact with trunk of the tree. And top up mulch when required.

What are the sun requirements for my tree?

Best to place in position with full day sun or a minimum of half day, sheltered from wind if possible.

When will my tree bear fruit?

First fruits will appear in approximately 6-18 months. It's best to remove most of these fruits when they are the size of a tiny pea and allow the framework (branches) of all the grafts to develop first. This is especially important whilst the tree is young. As the tree grows, thin out/reduce the amount of fruit that has set, always promoting branch growth as well as fruit production. Branch framework needs to be ahead of fruit production to carry the weight of the fruit and establish correct tree shape. More fruit may be allowed to set on any faster growing grafts however, as the fruit production will slow the growth of the branches. Always reduce the number of fruit on the slower growing varieties to allow more energy to go into developing the branches.

Can I espalier my tree?

All our trees can be espaliered. We highly recommend espaliering your Apple Fruit Salad Tree as Apples are brittle and branches can break in wind or under a heavy fruit load.

This method also saves space in your garden!

Attach the branching sideways along wires or framework. Secure branches with expandable ties to allow expansion as the branches grow.

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