Garden Delicious Dwarf Apple Tree

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Crisp and Sweet Garden Delicious Dwarf Apple Tree

  • Early Season
  • 600 Hours Chilling Requirement
  • Excellent Flavor
  • Can Be Sauced
  • Makes Amazing Desserts
  • Great Keeping Apple
  • Enjoy Homegrown Apples, Even in Tiny Backyards
  • Natural Dwarf Apple Tree Can Be Grow in Large Containers
  • Fruit is Full-Sized
  • Good Performance in Hot Climates
  • Resistant to Apple Scab
  • Self Pollinating

Boost your family's "Food Security" by growing your own fruit trees. Natural dwarfed Garden Delicious Apple trees make it easy.

Garden Delicious has greenish-yellow skin, slight russeting around the stem and a pretty red blush that deepens in cooler climates. It's a great-tasting, sweet and crisp backyard orchard variety that can fit just about anywhere.

Self-fruitful genetic dwarf plant fits into most any landscape in a sunny, well-drained spot. Who wouldn't love that!

These super cold-hardy trees can even be grown in large containers. They look so darling with white springtime blossoms and cute crops that ripen for an early-season harvest.

People across the country can get their homegrown fruit fix with these fantastic small trees. Garden Delicious apples have a crisp texture and hold up well during baking and cooking.

Go ahead and take the compliments for your scrumptious cobblers and pies. Cook them down into sauces for baby. They'll keep a long time in cold storage.

Even if you already have several varieties growing in a backyard orchard, you'll appreciate disease-resistant Garden Delicious. These crisp keepers are a great addition to your edible landscape.

Order Garden Delicious Apple trees from Nature Hills today!

How to Use Garden Delicious Apple Tree in the Landscape

Grow these in the ground with Apple Babe partners and let them decorate your landscape as special accent trees. There is something very special about fruiting trees.

After all, these small trees are quite ornamental in their own right. Bright white springtime blooms for butterflies and edible crops each year are a nice benefit.

Create a mulched planting bed, and let them grow to their full height and spread. Try them along your fence in a sweet little orchard row.

Or, place them behind your patio furniture. You'll gain a fantastic privacy screen in summertime.

Add them to your modern Victory Garden. They make a wonderful backdrop to your annual vegetable patch.

Try a row of large containers along the edge of your deck or balcony. If you live in Zone 4 or 5, water them well in late fall, then cover the containers with winter protection wrap to protect the roots.

They also make a perfect tiny shade tree for a child's playhouse, chicken coop or dog run. Add them to Children's Gardens for an excellent learning opportunity.

Keep it easy for yourself. Remove lawn and mulch underneath Apple trees!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Apple trees where they will get as much full sun as possible. Give them at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Morning sun is best, as that is the drying sun. It helps keep your fruit tree healthy because the strong rays dry off the foliage very quickly.

Plan to water regularly, especially as the fruit is developing. Container-grown trees can be set up on drip irrigation systems to take just about all the work out of the process.

Add a three-inch layer of wood mulch to keep the root system nice and cool. Spread the mulch out three feet past the canopy.

Just be sure to pull the mulch back several inches all around the trunk. Please don't let mulch touch the main trunk of your Garden Delicious tree.

In late winter, prune to shape the strong horizontal scaffolding branches. You'll want to eliminate branches that crowd the canopy at that time.

Keep your tree small with summer pruning for size control. Tip prune to an outside-facing bud at the height you want. Smaller trees make for easier harvests!

Place your order to grow your own great-tasting dessert apples. We'll sell out of this widely adaptable small Apple tree. If you see Garden Delicious in stock, order now!

Garden Delicious Dwarf Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Garden Delicious Dwarf 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 Garden Delicious Dwarf 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 Garden Delicious Dwarf 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 Garden Delicious Dwarf 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 Garden Delicious Dwarf 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 Garden Delicious Dwarf 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

Garden Delicious Dwarf Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Garden Delicious Dwarf is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with these varieties:

Harvest Times for Garden Delicious Dwarf Apple Trees

Garden Delicious Dwarf's are typically ready to harvest in late August through early September.

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 Garden Delicious Dwarf 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.

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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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Garden Delicious Dwarf Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus pumila 'Garden Delicious'
Type Deciduous
Rootstock M7
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes