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Cortland Apple Tree

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Crisp Heirloom Fruit Cortland Apple Tree

  • Stunning Red Fruit with Yellow Highlights
  • Flavorful White Flesh
  • Vigorous & Long-Lived
  • Great Fresh Eating Apple - Doesn’t Brown Fast
  • Self-Fertile But Higher Yields With a Pollinator
  • A Cross of Ben Davis and McIntosh
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • 800-1000 Chill Hours
  • 100 Years in Cultivation
  • Full Sun!
  • Pollinator Adore the Fragrant White Blooms
  • Mid-Season Producer

How many ways would you like to use your apples? The Cortland Apple (Malus 'Cortland') gives you a multitude of choices! It is a cross between a Ben Davis and a McIntosh, and the variety has been cultivated for the past 100 years.

Originating in the state agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York for an agricultural breeding program in 1898. It is a midseason variety that when mature, your Cortland Apple tree will be covered with medium to large, bright red fruit with highlights of yellow and red striped.

The white flesh of this variety does not turn brown after peeling as rapidly as most apple varieties, so it is a great apple to use in salads! In addition to salads, the sweet and slightly tart flesh is great for cider, pies, and freezing, so you can enjoy your apples all year long.

In April, you can expect your Cortland Apple tree to be surrounded by bees, pollinating the pink and white blooms. While partially self-fertile, you will probably want to add another variety to improve pollination and yield.

They are reliable bearers and will produce a full crop in 4 to 6 years. You can pair this variety with others that bloom about the same time, such as Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Cripp's Pink.

How to Use Cortland Apple Tree In The Landscape

The Cortland Apple is a vigorous variety with a lovely form. Spring blossoms, lush foliage and tasty gems, plus fantastic branching form for 4 season-interest.

These are beautiful specimen trees as well as accents around the garden for low privacy and shade, in addition to a fantastic orchard tree and healthy apples.

Charming cottage garden accents, these shade your vegetable gardens and adorn your garden beds in floral beauty!

Tidy sized for small yards and small orchards as well as it is for tucking into large orchards to extend the harvest.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees like Cortland need full sun for the most blooms and therefore the most fruit. Requiring 8 hours of sunlight for the best crops. Do you live in the northern part of the country? The Cortland Apple does well in cold climates and grows well in zones 3-8. Able to survive cold winters.

Plant this variety in rich, well-drained soil. If your soil lacks nutrients, add organic matter like leaves, compost and manure to enrich the soil. While the tree is young, you will need to water weekly as the sapling sinks its roots deep into the aquifer.

It is moderately resistant to fire blight and apple scab, so you will have to worry less about pests and diseases.

The longer you wait to put your Cortland Apple tree in the ground, the longer you will have to wait to enhance your life with the delicious apples that it will produce. Pies, cakes, cider, apple butter, in addition to canned apples and apples fresh from the tree will be yours to enjoy in a few short years.

Nature Hills ships plants that are already 3-5 years old, so you won’t be waiting for long for your first harvest. Plant this lovely Cortland Apple Tree this spring by ordering from Nature Hills now!


Recommended Pollinators: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Cripp's Pink.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Cortland Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Cortland'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height | Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet
Mature Spread | Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15-18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
When To Prune Late Winter
Fragrant Yes