Urban Apples® Tasty Red™ Columnar Apple Tree

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Few things are as American as apple pie. Unfortunately, few of us have space in our yards for an entire apple orchard, let alone a single Apple tree! The Urban Apples® Tasty Red™ Columnar Apple Tree (Malus x 'UEB 3358-3') is going to change that! This is not your typical Apple tree. Staying small and narrow-growing - only 2-3 feet wide. That means that these columnar Urban Apple trees are perfectly sized for modern and container gardens.

In the spring the ramrod-straight branches are covered in romantic, sweet-scented, white Apple blossoms. Then they are covered in full-sized Apples nestled along the limbs like Brussels Sprouts. Imagine being able to pick full-sized Apples straight from your patio or balcony! Tasty Red™ is sweet and juicy and ripens mid-season, perfect for all-purpose eating, baking and cooking.

This isn't some Apple-pie-in-the-sky dream either. These form Apples the first year you plant the tree and only have higher yields every year after that! These beauties need a pollinator tree so plant Tasty Red™ with one or more of its sisters in the Urban Apples® series, or a white-flowering Crabapple Tree for the best crop possible! You'll double the yield and double the fun!

Tasty Red™ is a modern solution for smaller urban gardens! Staying short and only 2-3 feet wide, Tasty Red™ gives huge Apple yields in a small-footprint sized space. First developed in the Czech Republic, Urban Apples® have been a revolution in at-home fruit growing!

Planting and Application:

Tasty Red™ and its pollinator look great paired in matching containers on the patio, flanking the entrance of a walkway or anchoring a garden bed. The formal columnar effect combined with the blossom and red jeweled fruit will certainly turn heads! Take edible landscaping to the next level with a pair of sentries standing on either side of your front entry! Mark the entrance to a garden path with a potted or in-ground pair of Columnar Apple Trees on either side!

Plant Urban Apples® Columnar Fruit Trees as accents and backdrops for your Victory Garden, and alternate between the different Urban Apples® varieties for a beautiful fruiting hedgerow! You'll love having fruit trees growing among the vegetables and herbs, and your produce will appreciate not being shaded out by a large tree.

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 Apples in any sized garden, even on your balcony or rooftop garden, with these space-saving trees!

  • Showy Bright Red Apples
  • Bright Green Foliage
  • Columnar Apple - Only 2-3 Foot Wide
  • Full-Sized Sweet, Juicy Fruit
  • Fragrant White Spring Flowers Pollinators Love
  • Space-Saving Container & Edible Landscaping Must-Haves

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Columnar Apple Trees are easy-to-grow and need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight a day for optimal flowering and fruiting. Plant Apple Trees like Tasty Red™ and its pollinator tree in a well-drained, enriched 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 over their root system.

Provide container-grown Apples with a protected winter location in colder growing regions of USDA planting zones 4 to 9. It is recommended that you stake your tree to support its straight trunk and keep container plants from toppling over in heavy winds and storms.

  • Full Sun
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Regular Moisture & Fertility
  • Very Easy Care & Little To No Pruning

Small footprint, big flavor! The Urban Apples® Tasty Red™ Columnar Apple Tree will bring delightful beauty and tasty rewards without sacrificing precious space! Order yours today at NatureHills.com and see for yourself!

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 arborist 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 Tree Pollination Info

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

Harvest Times for Urban Apples® Columnar Apple Trees

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

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. Buy your Urban Apples® Tasty Red™ 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 Apples® Tasty Red™ 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 'UEB 3358-3'
Type Deciduous
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