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Delicious Keeper Melrose Apple Tree

  • Mid-Season
  • 1000 Chill Hours
  • Excellent Flavor
  • Yellowish Green Skinned With Russet Spots and Dark Red Blush
  • High Quality Creamy White Flesh
  • Use For Sauces, Cooking and Dessert
  • Great Keeper With Long Hang Time on the Tree
  • Lovely White Flowers in Spring
  • Productive and Vigorous
  • Partially Self-Pollinating, Add Other Variety for Larger Fruit Set
  • Good Pollinizer Variety

Yes, it's the official Ohio State apple! Melrose Apple tree (Malus 'Melrose') is beloved for its flavor. With russeted yellow and green skin, and fiery red streaks, these apples are a huge hit at farmer's markets.

Why not grow your own for a plentiful supply of this cherished variety?

These long-keeping apples taste amazing, long into wintertime! The pretty creamy flesh is firm and juicy and features a wonderfully fruity aroma.

The flavor is well-balanced, with a slightly acidic zip to bring out the full complexity of the fruit sugars. Use them for sauces, baking, on fruit and cheese trays and as an eating apple from January through April.

Melrose is a great value, as the productive tree provides for you and your family. This tree is an annual bearer.

Let the fruit hang on the tree, or pick and store in a cool, dry place. They'll store in your refrigerator for months.

As with other russet skinned apples, the flowery aroma and flavor features a nutty, sugary richness. Delicious!

You'll feel good about including this very special variety in your Edible Landscape. After all, it's a great feeling to know that you have stores put by.

Backyard growers, feel confident about your choice of Melrose Apple for taste, aroma and value. These special apples are planted extensively on the West Coast. Order yours from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

How to Use Melrose Apple in the Landscape

Melrose has a spreading growth habit, and can become a cherished specimen tree (with edible benefits!) Apple trees are beautiful and very showy in both flower and fruit.

Use several of them in an informal grouping. Plant 12-15 feet on center for a grouping. Measure from the trunk of one tree to the trunk of the next.

Or, use high-density plantings to maximize space in your landscape. You'll also love the look. Plant 5 feet apart on center to create a solid screen.

Allow about 20 feet clearance from the fence or house to ensure good air circulation. You'll want to have plenty of room to harvest them, too.

Keep fruiting trees as small as you like with annual pruning in the summer growing season. This is a well-established practice for backyard orchards. Watch our YouTube videos on Pruning for Size Control.

The large fruits are yellowish-green and streaked with red and russet spots and the flesh is sweet and juicy. Melrose is an excellent apple for pies, sauces and baking, and for snacking after storage.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Apples love a full sun location with good soil drainage. Look for locations that receive morning sun. This is the drying sun and helps keep your trees healthy.

Plant fruiting trees where they'll receive good air circulation. Avoid low-lying areas that trap frosty spring air.

Give your trees a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Apply a layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches deep. Spread it out 3 feet outside of the canopy. This will keep the root system cool and extend the period between watering. Mulch will help you save on water.

Summer prune to control the overall height of the tree below 10 feet tall, for ease of maintenance and harvest. In winter, prune to keep the canopy open to improve air flow and increase sunlight.

These apples were an Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station introduction that is a cross between a Red Delicious and a Jonathan. The fruit is flattened and a good keeper, and they actually taste their fruity best if stored after harvest.

Enjoy the beloved Melrose Apple, homegrown from your own tree! Add one as a pollinator for other varieties, too.

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

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 29.95
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Melrose Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Melrose'
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Mid-Season