The Melrose apple tree produces the official Ohio State apple. For good reason, Melrose apples are a large, fruit with yellowish-green skin streaked dark red with russet spots. The flesh is firm, coarse, sweet, juicy and creamy white. Melrose is one of the best keepers, whose flavor improves in storage. Often desired for use in pies and baking. The Melrose apple tree is a vigorous, productive, annual bearer that does best in full sun. Displays some resistance to cedar apple rust. Consider Grimes Golden, Liberty and/or White Pearmain for pollination. Triploid. Please see below for further information on our organically grown Melrose apple trees for sale.
Pollination Requirement:None/Sterile best plant with self-fertile apple
Origin Date: Ohio 1944
Storage:3 Months or More
Rootstock:MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear:2-4 years
Recommended Spacing:12-16 ft.
Mature Size:12-16 ft.
Pruning:Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height 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). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*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.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: 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.