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!
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.
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.
Varieties for All Climate Apples are:
Varieties for Cold Climate Apples only are:
* Granny Smith is suitable for both All and Cold Climates.
|Fruit||Variety Name||Type||Climate||Fruiting Season||Pollination Required||Description|
Bright red, large, crunchy apples. Sweet, creamy white flesh with a crisp texture. They are great to eat straight off the tree.
|Apple||Fuji||Red||Cool/Cold||Feb-April||Yes||Skin colour can vary but predominantly red/dull pink blush over a greeny/yellow base. The flesh has a sweet delicate honey-pineapple flavour. Crisp, crunchy and very juicy. The fruits hold well on the tree.|
|Apple||Royal Gala||Red||Cool/Cold||Feb-May||Yes||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.|
|Apple||Jonathan||Red||Cool/Cold||March-April||Yes||The Jonathan apple is medium-sized, sweet-tart apple, with a strong touch of acid and a tough but smooth skin. Great for salads because of the intense flavour. A deep and vibrant red skin and yellowish flesh.|
|Apple||Sundowner||Red||Cool/Cold||March||Yes||Has dark red skin with white markings. Round shape with a sweet flavour and perfect for baking and eating fresh.|
An Australian apple that has a tart flavour and crisp flesh. Great for baking and if left on the tree to ripen is lovely to eat. Will grow Australia wide.
|Apple||Pink Lady||Red||Cool/Cold||Jan-Mar||Yes||Pink blush over a yellow undertone. Known as the Queen of apples. It is a crisp apple with smooth texture quality eating. It has a high sugar content making it perfect for cooking.|
Best ripened on the tree for a crisp, juicy sweet apple with an aromatic flavour. Ideal in cooler climates. Popular in tarts and pies, can also be caramelised for cakes and muffins.
A low chill apple variety that grows well in warmer regions that will also fruit in ALL climates. Larger than a Granny Smith with a sweeter flavour.
|Apple||Red Lady||Red||All||Feb-Mar||Yes||Red skin apple with white flesh. Sweet and crunchy. Very prolific producer. Great for lunch boxes.|
|Apple||Tropic Sweet||Red||All||Jan-Feb||Yes||A delicious crunchy apple. Easy to eat with a sweetish flavour. It's skin is streaked bright orange/red. Similar to a Jonathan cold/high chill climate apple.|
|Apple||Anna||Red/yellow||All||Dec-Jan||Yes||Similar in size, shape, texture and flavour to their cold climate cousin the 'Red Delicious'. Sweet, crunchy and popular with children.|
|Apple||Gold Dorset||Yellow||All||Dec-Feb||Yes||A sweet apple that grows particularly well in warm areas. It has a yellowed skin with a pink blush and crunchy firm white flesh. A quintessential summer apple.|
There is no need for further cross-pollination as the varieties grafted onto your tree cross-pollinate each other.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
Best to place in position with full day sun or a minimum of half day, sheltered from wind if possible.
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.
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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