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Big River Apple Tree

Robust Flavor, Abundant Harvests: Fruits June-July


Chill Hours 250-400 c.u.
Growing Zone 6A - 9B
Pollinator Self Fertile, but highly recommend a pollinator
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Product Description

Big River Apple Tree – Robust Flavor, Abundant Harvests

Experience the delights of homegrown apples with our remarkable Big River Apple Tree. This exceptional variety offers a bountiful harvest of flavorful apples with a robust taste, making it a must-have addition to your orchard or backyard garden.

The Big River Apple Tree showcases beautiful blossoms in spring, transforming into a picturesque sight as the tree becomes adorned with clusters of medium to large-sized apples. These apples feature a stunning combination of colors, with a vibrant red blush over a yellow-green background. When you sink your teeth into a Big River apple, you’ll be greeted by its juicy and crisp texture, along with a well-balanced flavor that is both sweet and tangy.

Thriving in USDA hardiness zones 6-8, the Big River Apple Tree is renowned for its adaptability and resilience. It prefers a full sun exposure, which ensures optimal fruit development and sweet flavor. Well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH level (around 6.0-7.0) provides the ideal growing conditions for the tree. Regular watering is crucial, especially during dry periods, to promote proper hydration and support the growth of succulent and delicious apples.

The Big River Apple Tree benefits from cross-pollination with another apple variety to enhance fruit set and increase yields. Planting it alongside another compatible apple tree will ensure optimal pollination and maximize the abundance of your harvest. With a mid to late-season ripening period, typically in late summer to early fall, you can eagerly anticipate a plentiful harvest of delectable apples.

This vigorous and disease-resistant tree requires regular pruning during the dormant season to maintain its shape, encourage airflow, and promote optimal fruit production. Applying a balanced fruit tree fertilizer according to the package instructions ensures that the tree receives essential nutrients for healthy growth and abundant yields.

Delight in the rewards of growing your own apples with the Big River Apple Tree. Whether you enjoy them fresh off the tree, use them for baking pies, or make homemade applesauce, these apples will bring a burst of flavor and satisfaction to your culinary creations. Plant a Big River Apple Tree in your Fruitscape™ and enjoy the abundance of delicious apples for years to come.

Chill Hours250-400 c.u.
Cold Hardy15-20°
Container PlantNo
GraftedYes - Domestic Seedlings 'Malus Domestica'
Growing Zone6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B
Mature Height20-25 FT
Mature Width12-15 FT
PollinatorSelf Fertile, but highly recommend a pollinator
SunlightPart to Full
Planting & Care

Recommended Fertilizers

Starter Fertilizer: Kickstart with Espoma Organic Bio-tone® Starter Plus. This potent blend boosts root mass and aids in mitigating transplant shock, ensuring your plants thrive in their new home.

Maintenance Fertilizer: For continued growth and fruit production, we recommend Espoma Organic Tree-tone Fertilizer. Designed specifically for fruit trees, this balanced formula nourishes your plants, promoting vibrant growth and bountiful harvests.

Fruitscaping™ with Apple Trees

Add a touch of classic charm to your landscape with the majestic Apple Trees in your Fruitscaping™ endeavors. These trees not only offer the joy of homegrown, delicious fruit but also serve as stunning landscape features throughout the year.

Apple trees prefer well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. The incorporation of compost or well-rotted manure into your soil can significantly improve its fertility and structure, leading to stronger, healthier trees. These trees perform best in a slightly acidic to neutral pH range.

A layer of organic mulch around the base of your apple tree can help conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and slowly contribute to soil fertility as it decomposes. Mulching also aids in maintaining a cooler root environment in summer and provides a degree of frost protection in winter.

Apple trees present an impressive diversity in size, flavor profiles, and ripening times. From the tart ‘Granny Smith’ to the sweet and crisp ‘Honeycrisp,’ there’s an apple variety for every palate. Whether you’re seeking fresh eating apples, varieties for baking, or those best suited for cider, our selection of apple trees offers an array for your picking pleasure.

Their size and growth habit make apple trees wonderful shade trees, and their stunning spring blossoms add an unbeatable visual appeal to any garden. If you’re dealing with space constraints, dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties, which are well-suited to smaller gardens and containers, can be an excellent choice. You can also try your hand at espalier techniques to create a living fence or wall.

With the added joy of the birds and pollinators they attract, apple trees are truly a delightful addition to your Fruitscaping™ journey. The excitement of watching your trees flower, set fruit, and fill with juicy apples ready for harvest is a rewarding experience that resonates with gardeners of all ages.

Embrace the art of Fruitscaping™ with Apple Trees, and embark on a journey from planting and care to the rewarding crunch of your own homegrown apples. It’s a garden adventure that satisfies both your taste buds and your love for a beautiful landscape.

Growing Guides

You can find many planting & care guides on our growing guides page.

Shipping Info

Shipping Restrictions

Unfortunately, We Cannot Process Orders to California, Hawaii, Alaska, or Internationally:  Please note that due to specific agricultural regulations, we’re unable to ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, and Alaska, or outside the United States. Additionally, citrus trees can only be shipped within the state of Florida.

Shipping Information

Before Your Plants Arrive: You can find many guides on unpacking, planting, & care, on our growing guides page.

The Journey From Our Nursery to Your Door:  We NEVER ship our plants bare root. Your plant will travel in the very container in which it was nurtured. We thoroughly prune and water them before packing, and make sure they’re well wrapped to retain moisture during transit. It’s as though you’ve personally collected them from our nursery!

Choose Your Ship Date: We understand you’ll want to be available when your plant arrives. Our checkout process features a handy calendar that allows you to choose the Monday on which you want your plant to ship. Depending on your location, you’ll likely receive your plant by Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of that week. Once shipped, UPS will generate a tracking number and send it to the email you provided. You can then follow your plant’s journey and ensure someone is available to unpack it on arrival day.

Click Here To View Our Shipping Page For More Information & Packing/Unpacking Plants Videos

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