Semi-dwarf, deciduous fruit tree
Description: Small to medium apples with russet skin that is thick, tough, and greenish-yellow; rich, juicy, crisp, aromatic, yellow flesh; typically ripens in September
Habit: Grafted onto semi-dwarfing rootstock (MM111); grows 12 to 15’ high; space trees 15-20’ apart; mid-late season blooming period
Culture: Prefers full sun and ordinary garden soil; a triploid variety so two additional pollinators (apple varieties) recommended for improved fruit production and fruit shape
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 7
Pomme Gris, or Gray Apple, is possibly the same as Reinette Grise, which was grown in Europe beginning in the 17th century. Jefferson was sent cuttings of the “pumgray” apple in 1804 by John Armstrong of Cincinnati, who wrote that it was “much admired and will keep the year round.” Still recognized for its storing capabilities, Pomme Gris is an excellent dessert apple.
This tree will ship bare root. One year grafted M111 is approximately 4' tall.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.