Urban Apple® Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple Tree

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Ok. We'll admit it. It looks a little weird. Apples growing along the limbs of a tree that is only 2-3 feet wide? But once you see it… and then taste it… you'll see how ingenious the new Urban Apple® Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple Tree (Malus x 'AK-98') really is!

Tangy Green™ is the modern solution to having normal-sized Apples in smaller urban gardens, on balconies, and in sunny container gardens anywhere! Staying short and only 2-3 feet wide, Tangy Green™ gives huge Apple yields in a small-footprint sized space. This makes it perfect for containers and tight-squeezes. The green-skinned fruit is produced on fruit spurs that hug the main leader closely. First developed in Czech Republic, Urban Apples® have been a revolution in at-home fruit growing!

You'll have romantic, fragrant white Apple blossoms in the spring followed by full-sized tart green baking Apples in the fall, so plant these petite trees where you can enjoy the flowers and fruit easily! Tangy Green™ will grow and set fruit the first year you plant it and only have higher yields year after year! For the best crops, a pollinator tree is needed so plant Tangy Green™ with one of its sisters Tasty Red™ or Blushing Delight™. You'll double the yield and double the fun!

Planting and Application:

Urban Apples® and their pollinators look amazing planted in twin pots around your seating areas, flanking the entrance of a garden path or anchoring a garden bed. The formal effect combined with the fragrant blossoms and green fruit will be conversation starters!

Take your edible landscaping to the next level! Especially a pair of sentries standing on either side of your front door entry! Or mark the entrance to a garden path with potted or in-ground Columnar Apple Trees on either side! Create a striking front garden berm with Tangy Green™ acting as a unique punctuation mark among the formal garden beds. Curb appeal will follow close behind.

What a chic and modern looking Victory Garden you'll create with a row of these space-saving gems lining the main walk, surrounded by veggies and herbs that will appreciate not being shaded out by a larger tree! Balcony or Rooftop gardeners rejoice as any sunny spot can now grow Columnar Apples!

Container gardeners, porch and patios in planters, or in the ground in that sunny but skinny patch of ground that runs along the side of your home leading to the back yard. It's hard to believe but totally true! You can grow space-saving columnar fruit in any sized garden, even on your balcony or rooftop garden!

  • Bright Yellowish-Green Fruit
  • Stays Columnar & Lush Foliage
  • Fragrant White Spring Flowers
  • Great In Containers & Small-Space Gardening
  • Full-Sized Tart Baking Apple

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Easy-to-grow, columnar Apple Trees need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for optimal flowering and fruiting. Plant Apple Trees like Tangy Green™ and its pollinator tree in a well-drained location or container with good drainage and ample room for its roots. Provide these fruiting trees with regular moisture access and fertility, plus a 3-4 inch deep layer of arborist bark chips. Provide container-grown Apples with a protected winter location in colder growing regions of USDA planting zones 4 to 9, and stake your tree to support its straight growth.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Regular Moisture & Fertility
  • Very Low-Maintenance - Little to No Pruning!

Embrace the weird! Grow full-sized Apples in any sized garden - even on your balcony - with the new Urban Apples® series of Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple Trees - Now available at NatureHills.com!

Urban Apples® Columnar Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Urban Apples® Columnar 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 Urban Apples® Columnar 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.

Pruning Apple Trees

When to Prune Urban Apples® Columnar 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 Urban Apples® Columnar Apple Trees

Your Columnar Apple shouldn't need much pruning at all! But in case you do need to give yours a trim, here's how.

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 Urban Apples® Columnar 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
  • 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 Urban Apples® Columnar 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

Urban Apples® Columnar Apple trees are not self-fruiting and need a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties or a white-flowering Crabapple tree like Dolgo:

Harvest Times for Urban Apples® Columnar Apple Trees

Urban Apples® Columnar Apple Trees are typically ready to harvest in September an are considered mid-season.

Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new Apple Tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree can also 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 Urban Apples® Tangy Green™ Columnar 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
#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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100 - 129.99 44.99
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Urban Apple® Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus x 'AK-98'
Type Deciduous
Size Dwarf
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes