Granny Smith Apple Tree
A Tart Favorite Among Apple-Lovers
Granny Smith Apple tree is a fruit tree that produces high-quality, tart apples on a reliable tree. Plant one in a sunny location and watch your harvest grow!
One of the best known apple varieties for both cooking and snacking, Granny Smith enjoys a long history of being an apple with exceptional qualities. Its lovely, green skin (occasionally with a subtle, pink blush), presents a vibrant sight amid the branches in October.
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. 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.
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. Even the apples are durable, lasting up to six months with refrigeration.
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.
* Delicious tart apples
* Long lived tree
* Heat tolerant
* Stores up to 6 months
Although self-fertile, you can also use Fuji, Ginger Gold & Honeycrisp apple trees as pollinators.
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|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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.
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Granny Smith'|
|Mature Height||12 - 16 feet (Standard Height)|
|Mature Spread||14 - 16 feet (Standard Height)|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|