Heirloom Apple Trees
Heirloom Apple Trees
A heirloom apple is an apple that has been passed down from generation to generation. Some have American roots; others were discovered overseas. Regardless, heirloom apples—also known as heritage apples—have history worth preserving. Today, heirloom varieties are plentiful around the US, and they’ve bred many wonderful cultivars.
Explore our collection of heirloom apple trees below!
Malus domestica ‘Ashmead’s Kernel’
Planted by a Dr. Ashmead in the 1700s, Ashmead’s Kernel has gone on to become an award-winning variety. It’s quite unusual, too—it’s a brassy orange-green color and it almost seems to be misshapen. But don’t let this deter you! Ashmead’s Kernel has a very distinct flavor—more like a fresh pear than an apple—and it has surely earned its spot in apple fame. It’s also incredibly versatile, especially valued in juices and ciders.
Malus domestica ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’
Cox’s Orange Pippin is one of the most popular and versatile of all the English apple varieties. It was first grown in 1825 by Richard Cox, an amateur horticulturalist. We have Cox’s Orange Pippin to thank for the Rubinette, which is widely regarded as the most flavorful apple in the entire world!
Malus domestica ‘Granny Smith’
Granny Smith actually comes from Australia. While first discovered in the 1860s, its parentage still remains unknown. It is a staple in almost every grocery store in the country and it is most commonly used as a baking apple, although its tartness also complements salads.
Malus domestica ‘Gravenstein’
Gravenstein has quite the history. It was first discovered in 1797, and it was then introduced to the US in 1811. Today it’s mostly grown in Sonoma County, California, and Nova Scotia, Canada. While production of the Gravenstein has unfortunately diminished, it is still a highly cherished variety.
Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’
McIntosh is the national apple of Canada! It’s also the inspiration behind the Apple computers of the same name. It was discovered on a Canadian farm in 1811 by a man named John McIntosh, who decided to start breeding it. Before long, the McIntosh found its way into the United States.
Malus domestica ‘White Transparent’
While Yellow Transparent (or White Transparent) is seen as one of the great American apples, it’s not actually American at all—it’s Russian! It was introduced to the US in 1870, instantly gaining popularity. It is especially loved in applesauces.