The Winterstein apple variety was selected from a cluster of Gravenstein apple seedlings by legendary Luther Burbank in 1898. As the name suggests, the Winterstein apple tree is a late ripening Gravenstein type apple. The Winterstein apple tree produces a similar flavor profile to the Gravestein with a crisp, tart/sweet snap when eaten out of hand. That said, it's a bit sweeter than the parent variety. The Winterstein apples are also credited for our excellent apple pie for Thanksgiving. An attractive pink and red blossoms provide an additional bonus in spring. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Winterstein and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm.
USDA Certified Organic
Considerations for Winterstein Apple
USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Uses: Cider, Desserts / Pies, Cooking / Sauces, Fresh Eating
Harvest Period: Late
Low Chill: Yes
Bloom Period: Late
Pollination Requirement: Self-Fertile
Origin Date: California 1898
Storage: 1-2 months
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.
Size of tree
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.