You've probably heard the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Apples have the (deservedly) good reputation of being a healthy snack. But sometimes...well...you want lots of sugar and cinnamon with a shot of ice cream on the side!
Fireside Apples (Malus 'Fireside') have been a staple in bakery pantries since 1943, so they have stood the test of time as the perfect Apple for sweet dessert dishes.
Pies and baked goods, preserved, juiced or fresh, these are incredibly enjoyable and versatile fruit!
This easy-to-grow Apple tree is enjoying a resurgence in home gardens because of its sweet taste and because it doesn't even shudder at bitter-cold winters. (It is a Minnesota native after all.)
The red and yellow fruit take on more and more red and yellow stripes as they mature. Ripening in early October right when a gooey apple crisp would be so welcome as you warm up by the fire. (Maybe that's where the name came from?)
Spring brings a lovely display of pink buds that burst open into beautiful white blooms that are fragrance pollinator magnets!
These firm, red striped apples are medium-sized and easy to pick. They eat great fresh-out-of-hand with their juicy-sweet taste so they make for great family picking in the fall.
The tree itself is perfectly sized for the backyard garden, but it does need a pollinator to produce at its best. You'll want to pick another early or mid-season variety like Honeycrisp, Jonathan or Golden Delicious Apple varieties.
Prune smaller or even as Espalier if desired for a unique focal point tree! The spring blossom explosion is reason enough to place this specimen tree front and center in your property!
Tolerant of urban conditions and some pollution, these make great trees for any property site. Create rows of these lovely trees for property definition and privacy that your neighbors won't mind.
Dual-purpose and edible landscaping has never been so easy! Ornamental enough to beautify your landscape, hardy and functional, plus fresh apples straight from the tree providing your family healthy food grown on your terms!
Fantastic patio shade tree and anchor to larger planting beds, these are beautiful trees with spring blooms, handsome summer foliage, fall color and of course, those delicious red gems that will be dangling in autumn!
Perfect apples for all the reasons you'd want a sweet apple for! Juice it and turn into cider, make preserves, chutney for canning, blue ribbon pies and baked goods, or serve up with a nice cheese and wine tray around the fire!
All fruit trees do need full sun for the most blooms and therefore most fruit. Cold hardy in growing zones 4-7, they prefer an organically rich, well-drained soil to grow in with a good layer of mulch over the root system to insulate and retain moisture.
While adult trees are drought-tolerant, you shouldn't let your investment suffer too long without water. You'll have increased yield and juicy fruit with a consistent watering cycle.
Prune if needed to control the shape. These have shown great resistance to cedar apple rust and don't mind city and urban environments.
Low chill hour requirements despite its tolerance of cold winters, Fireside needs 400 hours of cold to fruit.
Nature Hills is proud to deliver the highest quality plants and Fireside Apple Trees are no exception. Order yours today!
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.
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.
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.
Dormant prune to:
Prune Apple trees in the summer to:
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 will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.
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.
Fireside is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:
Fireside'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.
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.
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 Fireside Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Fireside'|
|Mature Height||15 - 18 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 18 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Flower Color||White, Pink|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 Years|
|Pruning Time||Late Winter|