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 miner’s movements during the earlier days of the California Gold Rush. Gowans planted the Sierra Beauty apple in 1906 and have been growing it successfully since. When the Gowan family was contacted by researchers about the loss of this apple elsewhere, Gowans family gave scion wood to nurseries. Gowan’s orchards are now considered the ‘Mother Orchard’ for Sierra Beauty Apples. 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: 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 California 1890's
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bloom Period: Midseason
Harvest Period: Very Late
Storage: 3 Months or More
Uses: Cider, Desserts / Pies, Fresh Eating
Origin Date: 1800`s
Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered (prominent branching)
Rootstock: MM 111 (Semi-dwarf)
Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*; Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).
*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.
Our fruit trees and berries 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 since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits