Domestic Apple 18-24" Seedlings

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Domestic Apple

Malus domestica

Calling all wildlife!  Seed grown, this wild apple tree grows to a height and spread of 12' to 20'.  Characteristics such as size, color, taste and ripening dates will differ from tree to tree.  Apples may fall from some trees in autumn, and others in winter.  The Domestic Apple is a great, low cost alternative to the popular cultivars, and the wildlife love them.  This is a great time to start your own wildlife orchard.

The Domestic Apple has excellent wildlife value, as many types of birds and mammals love to consume apples.  In the spring, fragrant apple blossoms will please local bee populations as they collect nectar and pollen.  The insects attracted to the trees will surely bring in a variety of birds.  In the fall and winter, deer and other mammals will certainly appreciate the much needed food source. 

  • Zones
    4 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun
  • Mature Height & Width
    12'-20' Height and 12'-20' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate - 12"-24" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Average to Moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Daryl DeFrang
    Jan 25, 2020, 09:00

    How many years does it normally take to have fruit?

    Jan 27, 2020, 10:37

    Typically, you could anticipate production in 5-7 years.

  • Brad Beall
    Mar 4, 2018, 20:21

    Do your wild apple trees generally bear fruit? I know that trying to grow a tree from the seed of a store-bought apple generally results in a strange, frequently non-fruit-bearing plant. My interest in the wild apple is primarily for wildlife on my property. Thanks for your time!

    Mar 5, 2018, 12:07

    The Domestic Apple is a seed apple tree. Yes, you should expect it to bear fruit. Imagine if you are hiking in a meadow or somewhat wooded area and you find a solitary apple tree. That tree was probably planted by a bird. The fruit may appear bumpy or irregular. It may be tasty to you, or not. However, rest assured, deer will enjoy the fruit from that tree! Our Domestic Apple trees are very affordable and quite well suited for your wildlife plot. You may find you enjoy the fruit from the Domestic Apple tree, as well!

  • Terry A Christopherson
    Dec 19, 2017, 11:59

    When planting Domestic Apple trees do you also need other varieties for pollination

    Dec 19, 2017, 14:14

    The Domestic Apple trees are open pollinated and do not require another pollinator. Every tree is a bit different, genetically speaking.

  • The Domestic Apple will generally begin to bear fruit within 3 to 5 years of planting
  • This wild apple is grown from seeds collected from canneries after processing 
  • Since these trees are not grafted, they do not exhibit specific qualities that many people are used to seeking out for their own consumption.  Some of these trees may exhibit qualities of a specific cultivated variety, and some will not
  • Pest and disease resistance will also vary from tree to tree, as these trees have not been specifically cultivated for any specific resistance traits

Common uses for the Domestic Apple:

  • Wildlife food plots - whether hunting or harboring, this is a must have
  • Helps support local bee hive production
  • Apple wood is used in some smokers as a flavor additive
  • People do eat these apples - you will have to taste from each tree to find the one(s) you enjoy

The Domestic Apple has excellent wildlife value.  In spring, bees benefit from the nectar and pollen produced by its flowers.  Once apples ripen, many insects are attracted to them which in turn attracts a variety of different birds.  Whether on the tree, or once fallen to the ground, the apple feeds many forms of wildlife.  Deer, turkey, fox, fishers, porcupines, bobcats, coyotes, red squirrels and black bears enjoy eating the apples.  This is an important food source, as many apples will hang on the tree well into winter, when other food sources are otherwise scarce or covered by snow. 

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