Haralson Apple Tree

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Versatile Heirloom Apples Haralson Apple Tree

  • Greenish-Yellow Apples & Red-Striped
  • Creamy White Firm Flesh
  • Crisp & Juicy Texture
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Fragrant White Flowers
  • Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Space-Saving Tree Form
  • Larger Yields With Gala, Honeycrisp & Red Delicious
  • Ripens September-October
  • 1000 Chill Hours
  • Stores for Months
  • Fresh Eating, Fruit Salads, Cheese Trays & Pies

The Haralson Apple Tree (Malus x 'Haralson') has been pleasing apple aficionados for nearly a century! Introduced in 1922, this reliable smaller tree form bears large crops without taking up excessive space.

This prestigious fruit tree is extremely cold hardy with a short growing season, so you can enjoy fresh apples in colder climates.

The profusion of white blossoms arrives late in spring (after any threat of frost) making them ideal for northern gardeners and areas prone to late frosts. Pollinators and hummingbirds are grateful for the nectar resource!

The greenish-yellow apples are delightfully round and ripen to medium-sized red fruit, spattered with kisses of golden yellow and charming green freckles.

You'll love when this biennial bearing produces. The Haralson's short stature offers a striking tree form and produces ample crops to please any apple lover.

These are juicy and ideal for cider, baking, or eating fresh. With very firm white flesh featuring a complex, tart flavor, you'll love slicing one fresh and using it in your salads and cheese trays. This is also an excellent apple for baked goods and pies because it holds its shape!

Haralson requires a pollinating partner. Luckily it does well with the most popular apple cultivars on the market: the Gala, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious!

How to Use Haralson Apple Tree In The Landscape

Not all home gardeners have acres available for personal orchards. The Haralson is ideal for those that want delicious apples but cannot commit more yard than they have to spare.

Gain larger yields with a pollinator partner, plus you can even plant the Haralson in the same hole with its buddy to save space! Read about it here in our Blog.

Plant as a backdrop to your vegetable garden or as a picnic destination at the back of your yard. Anchor cottage and perennial gardens with these charming trees.

Accents and specimens, front yard gardening, edible landscaping and dual-purpose gardening all benefit from their size and beauty.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Apple trees require full sun. Provide a protected location and plant in rich, organically fertile, well-drained soil.

Consistent watering during drought is key. A layer of mulch will insulate the roots and hold moisture in better as well.

Prune in winter for good air circulation and aim for full sun for best performance. Apple scab resistant!

Very cold hardy and requiring about 1000 chill hours, these are perfect trees for climates in growing zones 3-6. Developed in the fruit breeding program at the University of Minnesota, so you know they’re cold tolerant!

Own a piece of Apple history! Order in time to celebrate the Haralson Apple's centennial birthday from Nature Hills today, before another century passes us by!

Haralson Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Haralson 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 Haralson 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 Haralson 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 Haralson 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 Haralson 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 Haralson 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

Haralson Apple Tree Pollinating Info

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

Harvest Times for Haralson Apple Trees

Haralson’s are typically ready to harvest in October.

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.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Haralson Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 34.99
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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Haralson Apple Tree  Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-6
Growing Zones 3-6
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus x 'Haralson'
Type Deciduous
Rootstock Malus Dolgo
Mature Height 18 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes