Edible Apples: (Malus spp.)
Edible Apples in the Calgary region typically produce fruit in a 4–7 cm (1.5 -3”) diameter size but can be of remarkable quality. Many prairie hardy varieties are excellent in pies, sauces, jelly, juice or fresh out of hand. Some of the standards are Norland, Parkland, Westland, Brookland, and Heyer 12 to name a few. As a tree Apples make a good small to medium size tree and can be pruned to maintain a manageable structure for picking or espaliered on a fence or wall.
Size and Characteristics: Mature sizes vary with the cultivar but in general Apples will reach sizes of approx. 4-5 m (13’-16’) wide and 4-5 m (13-16’) tall however most require pruning in order to make picking manageable. They flower in mid to late May in a profusion of white or shell pink blossoms and have green leaves. Fruit production varies with cultivar and will vary from year to year depending mostly on environmental factors.
Pests and Diseases: Relatively trouble free but may occasionally get fireblight. A disease that can be controlled if caught early.
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