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A Tart Favorite For Apple-Lovers - Granny Smith Apple Tree!

  • Popular Green-Skinned Baking Apple
  • Crisp Greenish-White Flesh
  • Delicious Tart Apples
  • Perfect Baking Apple - Holds Shape Well!
  • Won’t Brown Quickly Once Cut
  • Long-Lived Tree
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Reliable Fruit Production
  • Vigorous Growth
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Self-Fertile But Pairs With Fuji, Ginger Gold & Honeycrisp
  • Cooking & Baking, Pies, Fresh Eating & Cider
  • Stores 6 Months!
  • ~400 Chill Hours

One of the best-known apple varieties for both cooking and snacking, Granny Smith Apple Tree (Malus 'Granny Smith') enjoys a long history of embodying an apple with exceptional tartness for fresh eating and baking qualities!

The juicy, white flesh is likewise energizing, with a crisp, tart flavor that's perfect for award-winning pies, culinary dishes...or just right off the tree!

Its lovely, light-green skin (occasionally with a subtle, pink blush), presents a vibrant sight amid the branches in October. The greenish-white flesh is crisp and juicy!

Holding its shape amazingly when cooked makes this a traditional pie apple, but also for all baking purposes, fresh eating in fruit salads as well as other culinary uses!

The bright pink buds in spring burst open to white blossoms with pink edges! Pollinators adore these blooms and even an early hummingbird or two will stop by for a visit! Highly fragrant, be sure to snip a few boughs to bring indoors to enjoy springs splendor in a vase arrangement!

An antique selection in cultivation since 1868 where it was a chance discovery by Maria Ann “Granny” Smith on her orchard in Australia.

The Granny Smith Apple tree is a fruit tree that produces high-quality, tart green apples on a reliable tree. Plant one in a sunny location and watch your harvest grow!

Storing remarkably well, these fruits remain crisp in cold storage or refrigeration for up to 6 months!

How to Use Granny Smith Apple Tree In The Landscape

Granny Smith apple's high acid content means that they won't go brown as quickly once cut, so they're especially valued for fruit trays and salads.

Granny Smith apples are also chocked full of vitamins and antioxidants, but not calories, so they're a great way to encourage good health! Pack one with lunch for a healthy snack on the go, or slice up for a tart addition to your wine and cheese board!

Great juicing and for cider, try your hand at making some home-brewed bubbly! You’ll have a large enough crop in a short time to try using Granny Smith for all your favorite recipes!

The fragrant pink and white blooms are gorgeous additions to a cottage and perennial gardens, plus they’re welcome shade trees, perfect around your patios and vegetable gardens!

Plan a spring picnic beneath the blooms and watch the pollinators buzz from blossom to blossom! It’s a perfect destination spot among a field of wildflowers.

Also modestly sized and you can prune even smaller if desired for a fruit tree that will work in any smaller sized urban yard or small orchard!

Try your hand at training this tree as Espalier for a truly unique focal point tree that saves space!

Gorgeous specimen plants when in full bloom or dripping with fruit, these are lovely landscaping trees for privacy, property definition, and sized wonderfully for home orchards and edible landscaping!

Line your property with blooms and privacy you, and your neighbors, won’t mind viewing! Anchor and shade smaller trees or shrubs in larger planting sites, or just add this fantastic variety to your orchard!

#ProPlantTips For Care

A tip-bearing apple tree, Granny Apples are vigorous, late-season apples. Harvest time generally is late October. Heat tolerant and hardy in growing zones 6-9.

Apple trees need full sun for the most blooms and best fruit, and also require well-drained soils. However, they’re not particular on the type of soil so long as it is well-drained and organically enriched. Not minding acidic soil, these are drought-tolerant once established. However, protect your investment with regular watering and consistent moisture for the best, juiciest crop!

These reliable producing apples bear fruit between 3-5 years of age and Nature Hills ships your landscape grade trees already 3 years old! This way, it won’t be long before you harvest your first crop.

Mulch the surface of the root system for the most moisture retention and also to insulate the roots from heat and chill.

Prune when dormant to open the canopy and allow sunlight and air circulation. Fair disease resistance, be sure to thin the crop for larger fruit.

It tends to be a strong-limbed tree, able to manage its harvest without the need for additional supports. It can be long-lived under optimal conditions and is quite heat tolerant.

If you love a tart apple, or just enjoy one with good storage and a variety of culinary uses, Granny Smith is the perfect apple for you! There’s nothing quite like picking your own, homegrown fruit from a tree you grew! The flavor is incomparable!

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Although self-fertile, you can also pair with: Fuji, Ginger Gold & Honeycrisp


Rootstocks Explained

Apple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.

The apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.

There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these apple varieties are:

Semi-Dwarf Apples

  • Height: 12-18 feet
  • Spread: 10 - 15 feet

Standard Apples

  • Height 18 - 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 - 18 feet

Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.

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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.

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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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Granny Smith Apple Superior for Cooking

The Granny Smith Apple, possibly one of the most versatile apples ever discovered, was truly a miracle. Marie Ann Smith and husband Thomas of Eastwood New South Wales, Australia, owned a small orchard in this area well-known for fruit production. Out of their orchard, Marie would sell fruit to the Sydney market and became well-known for her baked goods through the years.

As the story goes, Marie had purchased some French Crabapples reportedly grown in Tasmania at the market for use in a recipe. She discarded the cores in a compost pile either outside her kitchen window or beside a creek close to the home.

A seedling emerged from this discarded fruit that Marie let grow until it fruited. This seedling, it is speculated, was a cross between the Malus sylvestris (European Wild Crabapple) and Malus pumlia (Domestic Apple). She found the fruit to be perfectly suited for cooking and eventually realized, when left on the tree, this green cooking apple turned yellow and became a fine, fresh eating apple.

It is said that she planted a few more of this variety and began to take the apples to market where they were an immediate hit.

In 1868 she began to invite local growers to view this new variety. Marie, in her later years, had become known to the locals as Granny Smith and her exciting new apple became known as Granny Smith Seedling. Marie Ann Smith, or Granny Smith, unfortunately passed in March of 1870.

However, Edward Gallard, one of the local growers, had by this time planted an entire orchard of the Granny Smith Seedlings and eventually, after the death of husband Thomas in 1876, bought the Smith farm and began selling to a wider market.

In 1890, after being featured at a well-known horticultural trade show at Castle Hill, Granny Smith won top honors and in 1895 was secured by the New South Wales Government Experimental Station, where the Australian Government picked up testing. Granny Smith proved to have superior storage qualities and gained fast recognition for its long shelf life and high-quality fruit.

After the First World War, Granny Smith exports grew tremendously and still more after the Second World War. By 1975 Granny Smith was reported to have made up 40% of the apples grown in Australia. Today, Granny Smith is one of the top 5 apples grown throughout the world.


Granny Smith Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Granny Smith'
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 Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
When To Prune When Dormant