Rhode Island Greening apple trees are regarded as the finest American cooking apple in early colonial times. The Rhode Island Greening apples were extremely popular in the eastern United States for over 200 years, they were sold in markets right up until the 1930s. The Rhode Island Greening apple is a fine cooking apple when it’s freshly picked, packing plenty of tartness and later as an eating apple that keeps right into spring. The fruit is medium to large, round and symmetrical with green skin and occasional orange flush. The Rhode Island Greening apple is firm, rich, juicy, greenish-yellow flesh with peculiar, tart, refreshing, pleasantly acid flavor. One of the best pie apples and excellent for fresh eating if tree-ripened. Consider Grimes Golden, Liberty and/or White Pearmain for pollination. Triploid. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Rhode Island Greening and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm.
Pollination Requirement:None/Sterile best plant with self-fertile apple
Origin Date: Rhode Island 1650's
Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Mature Size: 12-16 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.