Pristine™ Apple Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Pristine™ Apple

Malus domestica 'Pristine'
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Organic growers, take note! Apple Trees can be difficult to grow without the use of toxic chemical sprays. Pests and diseases like the fruit as much as we do. That's why organic gardeners are wise to seek out varieties that are naturally resistant to Apple Tree problems. The Pristine Apple is one shining example. This stellar performer stays clean and healthy without a lot of fuss. It's tops in taste, too! The glossy yellow fruits are lively and tart at first, but they become sweeter and more complex in flavor after you store them a little while. Highly recommended!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

The Story

Pristine™ emerged from a cooperative Apple breeding program conducted by the University of Illinois, Rutgers, and Purdue. The cross was made in 1975, but it was only after 20 years of evaluation and testing that the promising Tree was made available to the public. Pristine™ was notable for its strong constitution and for its early-bearing nature. It's one of the first apples of the season that you'll harvest from your home orchard. You'll need a suitable partner to pollinate Pristine's flowers and ensure a generous crop. Braeburn, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp are a few that will work. Many mid-season Crabapples will do the job as well. 

The Details

Pristine™ Apple is a strong and reliable producer, but the fruits don't all ripen at the same time. This is a hassle for commercial growers, but it's perfectly acceptable for most hobby gardeners. You probably don't want a big glut of Apples all at once -- most homeowners would rather have them spaced out. 

How to Grow

In general, Apple Trees are fairly easy to grow, but getting a big harvest of unblemished fruit can be a real challenge, as there are several pests and diseases that target Apples. Pristine™ is much more resistant than most. There are many steps you can take to further protect your Tree. Our Growers are happy to help you find the best plan for you; contact them anytime at grower@bowerandbranch.com. Practicing good culture and hygiene will go a long way towards keeping your Tree strong and healthy. Plant your Pristine™ Apple Tree in full sun in a site with well-drained soil and good air circulation. Water regularly and mulch to keep the root zone cool and evenly moist. And always promptly remove and destroy any diseased branches, leaves, or fruit. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12-15' Tall
Avg Mature Width 12-15' Wide
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Brown
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring - Mid-Season
Fruit Color Yellow/Gold
Fruit Time Late Summer - Early Season
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
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 No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: How big will the Pristine Apple be when mature?

A: We grow Pristine Apples on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15' in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock, or about 3 years after planted at your home. 

Q: Do I need another apple to pollinate the Pristine Apple?

A: Yes - you do need another variety of Apple Tree in order to get fruit on the Pristine Apple. There are quite a few varieties that will get the job done for you - Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rubinette and Braeburn are just a few of the possibilities! 

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

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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.

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Pristine™ Apple Tree