SIERRA BEAUTY California 1890's


Sierra Beauty was discovered on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in the 1890s as a seedling apple tree, it was thought to be a remnant of the minerís movements during the earlier days of the California Gold Rush. In the 1920s this apple emerged again in the foothills of the Sierras near Chico, California and was carried for a time by a number of regional nurseries but again disappeared. In the 1970ís Larry Grew and a group of pomologists and fruit historians began searching for the Sierra Beauty apple. But it wasnít until 10 years later, in 1980, that they happened to visit Gowans, in Philo at Anderson Valley, and found that the virtually extinct Sierra Beauty had been thriving under Gowans stewardship for generations. Sierra Beauty apple is a large, handsome apple with thin green and yellow skin, striped or blushed red. Juicy, very crisp, rich, tart, sprightly flavor. A good seller in farm markets and an excellent keeper. The tree has compact growth and self fertile making it popular for small gardens.

Certified Organic Apple Tree

CCOF Almost all of our apple trees (exception noted) and few other select fruit trees and berries grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO).

Growing Considerations for Sierra Beauty apple tree

Bloom: Midseason

USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9

Pollination: Self-Fertile

Fruit Storage: Excellent

Mature Size: 10-14 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree

Recommended Spacing: 10-14 ft. if summer pruned 8 ft.spacing

Ripens: Very Late

Uses: Cider, Fresh eating/ dessert,Baking and Sauce

Rootstock: Semi-dwarf MM 111

Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Years to bear: 2-4 years

Shape when shipped: Whip(no branching)

*Size supplied when shipped: 5/8  inch caliper (width around trunk) 5 to 6 ft. in field. (trimmed to 4-5 ft. when shipped)

*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Note on Shipping:

Our apple trees are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.


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