Yellow Transparent Apple Trees

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Cold-Hardy, Early Harvest Yellow Transparent Apple Tree!

Your favorite baked goods will receive high marks when you use the creamy-white and tender Yellow Transparent Apples! Just imagine creamy white applesauce and apple butter!

Yellow Transparent (Malus 'Yellow Transparent') is a deciduous, fruit tree that originates from Russia in 1870 and is now widely grown in the northern states because of its early summer apples, some of the earliest ripening apples available!

Featuring a unique, delightfully yellow-hued bark, and lush, green foliage.

Pollinators are grateful for the early display of pink or white flowers and their nectar resource. You'll adore the display as a welcome break from the winter doldrums.

It's not long before the apples follow, with their skin a clear, pale yellow that's greenish, yellow to nearly white.

The flesh of the Yellow Transparent Apple is tender white on the inside, with a juicy and mildly acidic flavor that makes it a favorite for homemade applesauce and other culinary delights such as juice, cider, and other baked goodies!

How to Use Yellow Transparent Apple Tree In The Landscape

Yellow Transparent provides an early harvest, with the apples ripening as early as July! Meaning it is a fantastic choice for northern gardeners! One of the Yellow Transparent's prized features is that it's very cold-hardy (thus a favorite in northern climates).

Smaller form and upright growth make these space-saving trees are great for smaller gardeners as well! The Yellow Transparent Apple Tree is a very upright, precocious, and productive tree. Therefore, it's also a heavy producer!

For an extended season of harvest, plant amid other, late-maturity varieties. You can harvest the apples at their peak or pick some before maturity for better storage life.

Plant one in your backyard where it will be visible from a patio or window so you can enjoy the spring display and watching your harvest grow.

Sized perfectly for urban and city gardening, as well as specimen and focal point plantings for dual-purpose and edible landscaping!

Plant as an accent or anchor in larger plantings among other smaller trees, shrubs and perennials for a long season of blossoms!

Because Yellow Transparent isn't completely self-fruitful, you will have far larger harvests when you plant it with one of its pollination partners. Any white flowering Crabapple or pick from the selection below in the FAQ. If you don't have room for two trees, you can try high density planting techniques or get with a neighbor and plant Apple trees together to boost yield and share in the harvest!

  • Excellent Pale Yellow-Skinned Fruit
  • White Flesh & Tender - Juicy Mildly Acidic Flavor
  • Fragrant Pink & White Blossoms
  • Nectar Resource for Pollinators!
  • Vigorous Growth -Lush Foliage & Upright Form
  • Unique Yellow Bark
  • Early Heavy Producer - Harvest as Early as July!
  • Creamy White Applesauce - Freezing, Drying, Juice & Cider!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Fruit trees like Apples require full sun for the best fruit and bloom! Be sure to provide your tree at least 8 hours of direct sunlight.

Best in organically rich, fertile, and well-drained soil, amend with compost for more fertility and raise the planting level if drainage is an issue.

For best harvests and the juiciest apples, be sure to provide your tree with a consistent watering schedule and do not allow them to go long in drought.

While drought-tolerant once established, protect your investment with regular waterings in times of need.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Prune in late winter when dormant to open the crown for air circulation and to allow sunlight into the interior.

Yellow Transparent is a scab-resistant Apple variety as well and is considered relatively disease-resistant!

  • Full Sun For The Most Fruit
  • Most Rich Well-Drained Soils
  • Regular Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Partially Self-Fruitful - More Fruit With Pollination Partner
  • Extreme Cold Hardiness!
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • 800-1000 Chill Hours

You cant go wrong with a Yellow Transparent Apple Tree in your yard, especially if you live in a northern locale. It's a lovely tree that will provide you with delicious fruit early in the season for years to come.

Order yours from Nature Hills while they last!

When to Plant Yellow Transparent 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 Yellow Transparent 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 Yellow Transparent 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 Yellow Transparent Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching, leaving 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 Yellow Transparent 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 get 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 Yellow Transparent 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

Yellow Transparent Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Yellow Transparent is partially self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with any of these Apple varieties to improve fruiting:

  • Any White Flowering Crabapple such as Centennial, Chestnut, or Dolgo Crabapples
  • Cortland
  • CrimsonCrisp
  • Cripps Pink or Red
  • Discovery
  • Empire
  • Freedom
  • Frostbite
  • Fuji
  • Granny Smith
  • Haralson
  • Jonathan
  • McIntosh
  • SunCrisp
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • Wealthy
  • Wolf River
  • Zestar

Harvest Times for Yellow Transparent Apple Trees

Yellow Transparent Apples are typically ready to harvest in late June and July, therefore considered an early-season Apple Tree.

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? 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 Yellow Transparent Apple Tree for sale here at!

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.

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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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Yellow Transparent Apple Trees Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Yellow Transparent'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink & White
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes