Self Fertile, but recommend a pollinator a pollinator for more fruit set
Due to strict agricultural laws, we CANNOT ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, or Alaska

Shell Apple Tree

Crisp and Tart with Versatile Culinary Uses: Fruits June – July


Chill Hours 600-650 c.u.
Growing Zone 6A - 8B
Pollinator Self Fertile
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Product Description

Shell Apple Tree – Crisp and Tart with Versatile Culinary Uses

Discover the unique flavors and versatility of the Alabama-grown Shell Apple Tree. Developed by Mr. Green Shell in Escambia County, this apple variety offers a refreshing and tangy taste that is perfect for pies and a variety of culinary creations.

With its crisp texture and slightly tart flavor, the Shell Apple Tree is a delightful addition to any Fruitscape™. While not as sweet as the Dorsett Apple Tree, the Shell Apple’s distinct taste adds depth and complexity to your favorite apple-based recipes. Whether you’re baking a mouthwatering pie or creating homemade applesauce, the Shell Apple’s flavor profile shines through, providing a delightful culinary experience.

This resilient and self-fertile tree is known for its abundant harvests, making it an excellent choice for orchard enthusiasts. While it can self-pollinate, cross-pollination with another apple variety is recommended to ensure optimal fruit set and larger yields. With proper care and maintenance, the Shell Apple Tree will reward you with a plentiful crop year after year.

In addition to its culinary uses, the Shell Apple Tree adds beauty and charm to your Fruitscape™. Its vibrant green apples and lush foliage create an attractive display, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your garden or landscape. Embrace the versatility and visual appeal of the Shell Apple Tree as you create your own Fruitscape™.

Plant the Shell Apple Tree in a sunny spot with well-drained soil, providing it with the proper care it needs to thrive. Regular watering, pruning, and fertilizing will support its growth and ensure optimal fruit production. As the tree matures, you’ll be rewarded with a bountiful harvest of tangy apples, perfect for enjoying fresh or transforming into delectable treats.

Explore the culinary possibilities and visual beauty of the Shell Apple Tree. Experience the joy of incorporating its unique flavor into your favorite recipes and admire its contribution to your Fruitscape™. Add the Shell Apple Tree to your garden and savor the distinctive taste of this exceptional apple variety, proudly hailing from Alabama.

Chill Hours600-650 c.u.
Cold Hardy15-20°
Container PlantNo
GraftedYes - Domestic Seedlings 'Malus Domestica'
Growing Zone6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B
Mature Height20-25FT
Mature Width12-15FT
PollinatorSelf Fertile
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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