You can harvest the best fruit of the season from your own garden. New dwarf, disease-resistant apples make it easy to grow high-quality fruit on 10-foot-tall, ornamental trees. To produce fruit, apple blossoms must be pollinated by a different apple or crabapple variety that blooms at the same time. Plant these two apples together to provide fresh snacks, and fragrant pies and sauce:
'GoldRush' earned its name from its golden color and flavorful rush of rich, spicy juice.
Bright red 'Enterprise' also has crisp, juicy flesh and excellent flavor.
Ripening in mid to late October, both varieties bear tart, crisp, 2-1/2- to 3-inch fruits that sweeten in storage. They can retain their crunch and excellent quality for 5 to 6 months in the refrigerator. Trees begin bearing 2-4 years after planting.
For best results, plant apple trees in fertile, well-drained soil. Trees require good air circulation and full sun for at least 6 hours a day, preferably in the morning. 'GoldRush' grows best in Zones 5-8 and 'Enterprise' in Zones 4-7. In Zones 3 and 4, try Honeycrisp and 'Liberty' apple varieties.