Gravenstein Apple Tree

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Distinguished & Heirloom Gravenstein Apple Tree!

  • Light Green With Red Striped Fruit
  • Very Large Yield
  • Distinctive Flavor
  • Pale Pink Buds & Fragrant White Blooms
  • Tart, Sweet Flavor - Eating Fresh, Cooked & Baked
  • Heirloom Apple Since the 17th Century
  • Mid-Season Harvest
  • Large & Long-Lived Tree
  • Prefers Cool Temperatures
  • Resistant to Cedar Apple Rust
  • Prolonged Picking Season
  • Triploid Variety - Requires a Pollinator
  • 700 Chill Hours

The Gravenstein Apple originated in Denmark in the early 1600s, where it is called a native and is proclaimed as the "National Apple". This wonderful fruit was so admired that it was brought to the United States with Russian settlers in the early 1800s, with orchards being established at Fort Ross, California.

The Gravenstein Apple Tree (Malus 'Gravenstein') was immediately recognized as a uniquely superior fruit with its adaptability, many usages and wonderful flavor.

Pink buds open to fragrant white blooms, followed by firm, snappy, light-green fruit, with red stripes. Carrying a wonderfully distinctive flavor, the white flesh is tangy and sweet with hints of a honey aroma.

How to Use Gravenstein Apple Tree In The Landscape

The large size and heavy yield make this a fantastic orchard tree should you have the room. Prune smaller for home gardens, these are fantastic heirloom showpieces!

Gravenstein Apple has an excellent sweet-tart flavor and is famous for making the finest apple juice and ciders, pies and apple sauces.

Wonderful as dried fruit as well, the Gravenstein do not have a long shelf life.

The Gravenstein is also prized as an excellent apple sauce and is a favorite for cooking and baking. Of course, fresh off the tree is still the finest way to enjoy the Gravenstein apple.

Not known for being a good shipper or keeper, these are for immediate use only in your favorite recipes.

Home orchards and larger landscapes are perfect for these good-sized ornamental trees. The white blooms are lovely shading your vegetable garden or patio.

#ProPlantTips For Care

It's widely adapted to many climates and is known to produce in the colder zones. The adaptability extends into common apple-growing regions of growing zones 2 - 9, where it is primarily grown by farmers market growers and home gardeners.

Grow Gravenstein in full sun is required for apple trees and well-drained soils. Preferring well-drained soil that is moderately enriched. Mulch to insulate the roots and retain more moisture.

The Gravenstein Apple can be an alternate bearer and thinning your fruit to a fist length between each fruit should be an important part of your fruit tree maintenance. Thinning is a requirement with most all fruit but is particularly important with Gravenstein to avoid a shy cropping year.

One of the earlier ripening varieties, the Gravenstein should be included with a mid-season variety and requires a suitable pollinator.

Get antique flavor, a touch of the old world, and wide adaptability with the Gravenstein Apple Tree from today!

Gravenstein Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Gravenstein Apple Trees

Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.

How to Plant Gravenstein Apple Trees

Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.

When to Prune Gravenstein Apple Trees

Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.

How to Prune Gravenstein Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
  • Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground

Prune Apple trees in the summer to:

  • Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
  • Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
  • Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
  • Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees

How to Care for Gravenstein Apple Trees

Growing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!

  • Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • Water your apple trees when it gets dry - especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep it stress-free
  • Use arborists' wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
  • Maintenance pruning and shaping

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.

How to Fertilize Gravenstein Apple Trees

For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.

Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.

Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.

  • Don't overdo it
  • Phosphates are your friends
  • Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
  • Follow the directions

Gravenstein Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Gravenstein is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:

Harvest Times for Gravenstein Apple Trees

Gravensteins are typically ready to harvest in late July through early August.

Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it's ripe.

For Apples:

  • Early-season is usually June-July
  • Mid-season can be August-September
  • Late-season can be from late September-November

The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.

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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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Beloved Early Season Gravenstein Apple

The Gravenstein apple was discovered in Denmark in the 1600's and named Grasten, meaning Graystone. In the United States, the Gravenstein owes part of its popularity to the Russians early occupation of the California Sonoma Coast, who left the seed for what would become the mainstay of Sonoma County, the Gravenstein Apple.

In the late 1700's the Russian Fur traders had begun to settle in Alaska, but found the climate was not conducive to growing crops they were used to growing. Looking for a better location to continue to hunt and farm crops to supply the fur trappers along the coast, a site along the Sonoma coast was settled in 1811 and Fort Ross was erected.

This did not turn out well for the Russians, as the climate of the coast was heavy in summer fog and very few of the crops were successful. The one food crop that was successive were the Gravenstein Apples they had planted. Unsuccessful farming resulted in a brief stay and by 1841, the Russians sold out to John Sutter, who gutted the fort to build his fort in Sacramento. In 8 years, it would become the center of the California Gold rush.

The Gravenstein apple orchards left at Fort Ross were not well cared for, but the plants were ideally suited to the climate of the coast and survived well. It appears that cutting wood was taken from the trees regularly and the Gravenstein apple began to appear throughout Sonoma County during the mid-1800's.

Luther Burbank, the famous plant breeder of Sonoma County, was a particular fan of the Gravenstein. In 1883, a young farmer Nathaniel Griffith, interested in growing apples, asked the advice of Luther Burbank on what apple varieties he would recommend. Burbank recommends he plant his 78 acres in Gravenstein Apples. This began a very successful business for Mr. Griffith with demand for his apples quickly coming from as far away as southern California. By the early 1900's, more than 10,000 plus acres are planted in Sonoma county.

In the years to come, Gravenstein would become one of the most popular early season apples, but this would not last. The Gravenstein Apple had two failings: one was its varied set from light to heavy, year to year, and second was its short shelf-life. The Gravenstein was not a keeper-shipper.

The more modern apples hybridized for shipping and storage, along with the more profitable grape-growing for the wine industry, would see the demise of the Gravenstein apple industry in Sonoma beginning in the late 1970's. Today, there are less than 700 acres still in production.

Still famous for its pies, fresh eating, juicing, and sauces, along with its wide range of adaptability, the Gravenstein Apple remains one of the most popular of the home garden variety planted today.


Gravenstein Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-9
Growing Zones 2-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Gravenstein'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 -18 feet
Mature Spread 12-15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes