Espalier Apple Granny Smith

Grower's Comments: VERY limited quantities!


Varies- initially about 54 inches- but you conntrol

400; semi self fertile

USDA Zone 6 to USDA Zone 8

Full sun


Depictions of espalier fig trees have been found on the walls of Egyptian tombs and throughout the art of the middle ages. Apples offer an easy and simple medium for both beginner and seasoned pro to espalier.



The Granny Smith Apple is wonderful apple for the home orchid grower because of its relative disease resistance and easy of growing. Our Semi-dwarf apple trees mature at 12 to 15 feet, making them manageable in a home environment. Granny Smith apples have been cultivated for at least 140 years. Its origin traces to a mess of French crab apples that were tossed out in Grandmother Marie Ana Smith's Australian garden. She nurtured the serendipitous sprouts from those crab apple seeds and the rest is horticultural history. Sour apple fans will tell you that Granny Smith apples should not be cooked but are best eaten raw. If you like to pucker up and enjoy a juicy burst of tartness, the Granny is your apple. Best served fresh, crisp and cold. Even when used for cooking, it keeps its zesty flavor. Like all of Rabbit Ridge Nursery Fruit trees, Granny Smith is at least four years old and should fruit in a year or two. EZ Pick Fruits are pruned by us to grow such that the branching starts at about knee level and they are generally finished in a 'vase-shaped' or open style. This allows better fruit access and heavier fruit production. Additionally, you will be able to chose how high you want your fruit tree to be at it's maturity. After harvesting, simply cut back the scaffolding 2 feet below the desired height you want and, when the tree goes dormant, do the cross branch pruning. It is as simple as that!!
One of the things we like best about the Granny Smith apple here at Rabbit Ridge Nursery, is the opportunity to cut up fresh Granny Smith apples in our late summer salads; they are crunchy, tasty, and do not turn brown as fast as other apple cultivars. Try it and you will see what we mean!