3-in-1 Apple Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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3-in-1 Apple
Malus domestica '3-in-1'

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Now here’s a conversation piece for your garden that’s not only fun but functional:  our First Fruits™ 3-in-1 Apple tree will give you three different kinds of apples from one tree!  This funky tree looks pretty much like any other Apple tree, but our growers have cleverly grafted three different varieties to it.  This ingenious creation saves space, and many home growers find that one tree meets their apple needs anyway.  Your tree may include any three of the following Apple varieties:  Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red McIntosh, BraeburnWinesap, Jonathan, Melrose, Wealthy, Gravenstein, Yellow Transparent, Semi-Dwarf Yellow Transparent, Semi-Dwarf Fuji, or Semi-Dwarf Gala.  We cannot guarantee which three varieties you’ll receive.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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The Story

Grafting is an ancient craft that has been practiced for the past 2,500 years.  It’s standard practice in fruit tree production—in fact, just about every single apple, pear, peach, cherry, plum, or orange you’ve ever eaten has come from a grafted tree.  Usually three varieties aren’t grafted to one tree, like our 3-in-1 Apple, however… New York artist Sam Van Aken has attracted a lot of attention recently for his project called The Tree of 40 Fruit.*  Yep, it’s just what it sounds—a tree grafted with 40 varieties of Plums, Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, and Cherries!  (No Apples, though.)

The Details

In Germany it used to be customary to plant a tree when a child was born to the household.  A Pear tree was planted for a baby girl and an Apple for a boy.  What a lovely tradition!  Maybe our 3-in-1 Apple tree could celebrate triplets?

How to Grow

Plant your First Fruits™ 3-in-1 Apple tree in full sun in an open area with good air circulation (to discourage common Apple diseases).  Water it regularly, but never make it sit in waterlogged soil.  Most Apple trees need another Apple nearby to pollinate the flowers and ensure good fruit set, but each variety of the 3-in-1 Apple has two built-in pollinator partners, so you should be good to go.  A Crabapple can also do the job, and one planted in your yard or a neighbor’s will provide extra insurance for lots of crunchy, sweet apples for you to pick.  And please don’t forget that our fruit tree experts here at Bower & Branch™ will be happy to answer any questions you may have!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color White/Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red/Yellow/Green
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

5-6’ tall. Grown and shipped in our #7 fruit tree container. You can expect fruiting in your very first year! Pruned for fruit production. The hard work has been done for you, time to enjoy.

3-in-1 Apple Tree