Semi-dwarf, deciduous fruit tree
Description: Medium to large, conical, dark red apples with yellowish-white, firm, juicy, and mildly subacid flesh; summer-ripening (typically July).
Habit: Grafted onto semi-dwarfing rootstock (MM111); grows 12 to 15’ high; space trees 15-20’ apart; highly resistant to fireblight but may be susceptible to cedar apple rust.
Culture: Prefers full sun and ordinary garden soil; two additional pollinators (apple varieties) recommended for improved fruit production and fruit shape; thin the apples for improved quality.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 7.
Attributes: Edible fruits, attracts bees
First called Queen or Lady’s Apple and discovered on the farm of Captain Benjamin Williams near Roxbury, Massachusetts, around 1750, this variety became widely grown in the South by the late 19th century due to its good shipping qualities and early ripening period. A fine dessert apple, ‘Williams Favorite’ bears especially attractive red fruit.
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.