30 Most Scrumptious Apple Tree Varieties For House Gardens

Apples are delicious, nutritious, and scrumptious. Once you pick a homegrown apple and eat it, you’ll never want to buy one at the store again. Plus, your neighbors will always be happy with extra apples if your tree grows too many!

Before we dive into the best varieties, some apple growing tricks can really help us gardeners. Apples are deciduous fruit trees that love full direct sun. They require another pollinator apple nearby because they are not usually self-fertile. Having two trees bloom near each other simultaneously ensures successful pollination and fruiting.

To make it easy, growers have organized apples into pollination groups, harvest time groups, and chill hour groups. Each variety on this list has other varieties to plant with it for optimal pollination. Additionally, every apple variety ripens at a different time, and they all need a certain amount of winter chill. This list has all the information you need to get started with the best apple varieties!


Savor sweet and firm apples, ideal for eating fresh or preserving.

My all-time favorite apple variety is the amazingly delicious ‘Fuji,’ although I may be biased! I have one growing in the backyard and am lucky to enjoy its sweet, firm apples each September. Eat ripe apples freshly picked off the tree, or store them in the refrigerator for up to six months! They make excellent apple jam, juice, and cider. 

Growing a ‘Fuji’ requires little care and maintenance. It slowly drops out and down over time, creating a picturesque ornamental specimen. Gardeners in zones 4 through 9 will have the best luck growing this tree. If required, prune central leaders to form a modified central leader shape in late winter. Also, remove any dead and diseased wood. 

This cultivar loves long growing seasons of at least 160 days with warm summer temperatures. It is biennial-bearing like native apple species, meaning it grows a heavy crop one year with a light crop the next. Thin apple bunches on your tree each year to help discourage biennial bearing, and ensure a reliable annual harvest. Plant ‘Fuji’ with ‘Golden


Close-up of 'Anna' apple tree with ripe fruits. The tree has a spreading canopy, adorned with glossy, dark green leaves. The fruit is medium to large in size, with a round to slightly conical shape and a yellow-green skin often blushed with a rosy red blush.Enjoy ‘Anna’ apples with tangy sweetness, low maintenance, and prolific fruiting.

Up first on our list is a treasure in the apple world: the ‘Anna’ variety. Its sweet flavor is accompanied by a slight tart tang. Enjoy its creamy white flesh and eat one fresh, or make it into a tasty applesauce. 

‘Anna’ grows apples with pale green skin and red blush on top. It grows compactly and may not need much pruning throughout its lifetime. Simply prune to shape, and remove dead or diseased wood in winter. 

This cultivar has a low chill requirement of 200-300 hours and grows its best from USDA growing zones 8 to 9. It tolerates other zones but still needs a long growing season. In warm-winter areas, this variety bears fruit early and may have second or third crops. Plant it near a ‘Dorsett Golden’ for optimal pollination and fruit formation.

‘Arkansas Black’

Close-up of the 'Arkansas Black' apple tree in a sunny garden. The 'Arkansas Black' apple tree is recognized for its vigorous growth and spreading canopy, adorned with glossy, dark green oval leaves. The apple is medium to large in size, with a distinctive dark red to almost black skin that shines in the sunlight.Store ‘Arkansas Black’ apples for a sweeter taste, ideal for cider-making.

The ‘Arkansas Black’ apple variety is an old-time favorite from the 1800s. It stores incredibly well and it tastes sweeter after two months of storage, more so than right after harvest. Eat ‘Arkansas Black’ apples after storing them for a few months, or make them into a bubbly apple cider right after harvest.

This apple’s gorgeous purple-red hue makes it a standout cultivar for the home gardener. It sprouts upright central leaders that are thin at first but strengthen over time. Plant standard ‘Arkansas Black’ trees where they have at least 20 feet to spread wide and tall. 

‘Arkansas Black’ grows best in areas that receive 500-700 hours of temperatures below 45°F (7°C)in the winter. It is a late-ripening variety and will thrive in gardens from zones five through eight. Plant alongside ‘Golden Delicious’ and the two will pollinate each other successfully. 

‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’

Close-up of ripe apple fruits on a branch in a sunny garden. 'Cox's Orange Pippin' apples are medium-sized with a round to slightly oblong shape, featuring a vibrant orange-red skin flushed with yellow and occasional russeting.Enjoy these top-tasting apples for dessert or snacking.

A delightfully speckled apple, ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ tastes so good that some say it is the most delicious apple variety out there! Cooks treasure it as a dessert apple, although it makes for a fantastic snacking apple as well. 

This vigorous cultivar grows dense over time. You may have to thin your tree to allow light to reach its center. The original parent tree grew in England, so this variety thrives in similar coastal conditions in North America. Prime locales are mild winter areas of the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast.

‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ requires at least 800 chill hours below 45°F (7°C). A midseason ripening means you’ll harvest these apples when they are pale green with an orange-red blush. Let them keep for a month or two in the refrigerator, but no longer, or they’ll lose their texture and flavor. Plant this variety in the garden with ‘Granny Smith’ for high rates of cross-pollination and fertilization. 

‘Dorsett Golden’

Close-up of 'Dorsett Golden' apple tree with ripe fruits in a sunny garden. Its bear branches are oval, dark green leaves with serrated edges. The 'Dorsett Golden' apple is medium to large in size, with a round to slightly conical shape and a golden-yellow skin.These golden-hued apples have a pink blush when ripe, perfect for fresh eating or making applesauce.

As its name suggests, this delicious variety grows apples with a gorgeous golden hue. In areas with cool night temperatures during fruit ripening, the apples develop a delicate pink blush. ‘Dorsett Golden’ tastes slightly sweet, and it has its best flavor right after harvest. Eat it fresh, or make it into a rich applesauce. 

‘Dorsett Golden’ is a standard apple tree and will grow to average heights of over 20 feet tall and wide. This cultivar reaches maturity quicker than most other apples and it will produce fruit just two to three years after planting.

This low-chill variety only requires 100 to 200 chill hours and is good for near tropical climates that don’t experience cold temperatures in the winter. Gardeners in zones 5 through 9 are prime candidates for growing this apple at home. Plant it with an ‘Anna’ apple tree so the two can pollinate each other. 

‘Esopus Spitzenberg’

Close-up of ripe 'Esopus Spitzenberg' apples on a tree in a sunny garden. Its branches bear large fruits with a slightly conical shape and a deep red skin with occasional russeting and striping.These complex-flavored apples are versatile for fresh eating or various dishes.

This hard-to-pronounce apple variety makes up for its long name in supremely delicious flavor! Considered one of the great North American apple varieties, ‘Esopus Spitzenberg’ grows red apples with dots of yellow. Their flavor is incredibly complex, with hints of fruit, spice, and lemon. Use these unique apples fresh or in a myriad of dishes like applesauce, cider, or pies.

‘Esopus Spitzenberg’ establishes itself slowly, but it is difficult to prune when it reaches maturity. Over time, the tree’s branches grow up and out in lengths longer than most other apple varieties. Plan to shape this tree after planting with light annual pruning, ideally using the modified central-leader shape.

Requiring at least 800 chill hours and ripening late in the season, ‘Esopus Spitzenberg’ prefers conditions that match where it first sprouted in southern New York state. It thrives in cold winter areas of the U.S., especially in zones 4 through 7. Plant it with another apple like ‘Golden Delicious’ or ‘Fuji’ for best pollination results. 


Close-up of ripe apples on a branch covered with raindrops. The 'Fiesta' apple tree bear clusters of medium-sized apples, round to conical in shape, boasting a vibrant combination of red and green hues that lend the tree a striking appearance.Eat ‘Fiesta’ apples fresh or preserved.

This apple has a party in your mouth! Its flavor is similar to its mother tree ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin,’ and it also makes a superb dessert apple. Yellow skin with red stripes protects the firm, white flesh inside ‘Fiesta’ apples. Eat them fresh picked off the tree, or preserve them for up to three months in the refrigerator.

‘Fiesta’ trees are productive spreaders that droop down at their branch tips. They take to espalier fairly well, producing bountiful crops in a small form. This cultivar also grows well in its standard form with shape pruning. Unshaped, it grows wide and straggly. 

‘Fiesta’ requires from 600-800 chill hours below 45°F (7°C) in the wintertime. It is the daughter of an ‘Idared’ and ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ and has characteristics of both parents. You’ll enjoy its juicy apples from midsummer through fall. They taste great fresh picked, and they store well in the refrigerator for up to three months. Plant your ‘Fiesta’ sapling with a ‘Gala’ or ‘Granny Smith’ so it cross-pollinates and develops fruit. 


Close-up of a 'Gala' apple tree in a sunny garden against a blue sky. Its boughs yield clusters of round apples, showing a vibrant combination of yellow and red hues, with a distinctive striped pattern.Plant with compatible varieties like ‘Honeycrisp’ or ‘Ruibnette’ for optimal growth.

Loved and eaten globally, ‘Gala’ is an iconic variety known for its aromatic, delicious, and nutritious apples. Fresh ‘Gala’ apples are the best kind, as they tend to lose their flavor in storage. Capture their taste right after harvest in homemade applesauce, apple pie, or apple juice.

This specimen may need staking and pruning throughout its lifetime. It is a vigorous tree, and its thick branches can get too heavy and break over time. Mature trees are susceptible to fireblight, especially in areas with existing apple orchards. Protect your tree by removing any dead or diseased wood in the wintertime. 

‘Gala’ grows best in areas with at least 400 to 500 winter chill hours. Its fruit ripens early in the season, so you’ll be enjoying fresh apples before most of your neighbors! Plant ‘Gala’ trees with ‘Honeycrisp’ or ‘Rubinette’ so there are multiple varieties to fertilize each other. 

‘Garden Delicious’

Close-up of ripe apples on branches in a sunny garden. The 'Golden Delicious' apple tree presents a charming visage with its graceful, spreading form embellished by slender branches draped in glossy, dark green leaves that shimmer in the sunlight. Its branches bear a bountiful crop of medium to large-sized apples, characterized by their golden-yellow skin that glows with a warm hue.This dwarf apple tree bears fruit similar to ‘Golden Delicious,’ but on a smaller tree.

Unlike other dwarf apple trees that are grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, this variety is genetically dwarf! Its fruit is like ‘Golden Delicious’ except that it grows on a tree that only reaches 10 feet tall in maturity. Use these golden-yellow apples any way you’d like, as they have great flavor fresh and cooked.

Because it takes up so little space, you can squeeze this tree into any corner it will fit in the garden. Give ‘Garden Delicious’ full sun like all other apple varieties, and keep it well-watered throughout the growing season. It rewards you with a surprising amount of apples on a tiny frame.

This cultivar needs at least 600 hours of temperatures below 45°F (7°C) in the winter. Garden zones 4 through 9 are optimal areas for this tree, although it tolerates zone 3. Unique for its self-fruiting capabilities, plant ‘Garden Delicious’ as a standalone tree and it will pollinate itself. 

‘Golden Delicious’

Close-up of a Golden Delicious' apple tree with ripe fruits in a sunny garden. The 'Golden Delicious' apple tree is a vision of natural elegance, boasting a graceful silhouette adorned with slender branches and lush, dark green foliage. Its branches yield clusters of vibrant, golden-yellow apples, round or slightly elongated, radiating a lustrous sheen.Grow this apple tree for delicious, long-lasting fruit, even in colder climates.

Another self-fruiting variety, ‘Golden Delicious’ is a larger version of ‘Garden Delicious.’ It grows large yellow apples with light red blush that taste great in salads, desserts, and on a charcuterie board with cheeses and dried fruits. They also keep for up to five months in the fridge! Grow one in your garden for functional apples and a beautiful tree.

This variety originally grew in West Virginia, and gardeners in North America consider it an old-time favorite. It produces lots of apples at a young age each year, and it grows strong throughout its lifetime. Prune mature trees to ensure annual fruiting, as this tree becomes biennial over time.

‘Golden Delicious’ apples ripen late in the season and are ready to pick when they are a golden yellow color on the tree. Most of these apples at the grocery store are picked early and ripened in cold storage, and they never develop the true taste that makes this apple iconic. Plant one in areas with 600 chill hours. It is self-fruitful and a great pollinator tree for other varieties like ‘Fuji’ and ‘Arkansas Black.’

‘Granny Smith’

Close-up of a 'Granny Smith' apple tree with ripe fruits. The tree has adorned by branches clad in glossy, dark green leaves with finely serrated edges. Its branches bear an abundance of medium to large-sized apples, distinguished by their vibrant green skin.This tart green apple is ideal for cooking and fresh eating.

The classic green apple, ‘Granny Smith’ sprouted in Maria Ann Smith’s orchard in Australia during the 1800s. It is an exceptional cooking apple and a fresh-eating apple if you love tart flavor. Bake these tangy apples into pies, or reduce them and make a luxuriously smooth applesauce. 

‘Granny Smith’ grows large in its maturity, reaching heights of 25 feet in favorable conditions. Prune it to a modified central leader shape over time and keep it lightly pruned each year. Avoid heavily pruning mature ‘Granny Smith’ trees to keep water sprouts and vegetative growth at bay.

This cultivar needs at least 400 chill hours in the winter and is perfect for mild winter areas. The long, hot summers of Australia help these apples ripen, and so they need a long growing season of at least 160 days in the States. Plant your ‘Granny Smith’ sapling with a ‘Fiesta’ or ‘Gala’ apple tree for ideal pollination and fruit formation.


Close-up of ripe fruits on a 'Honeycrisp' apple tree in a sunny garden. The 'Honeycrisp' apple tree presents a picturesque silhouette with its graceful, spreading branches adorned by dark green, serrated leaves. Its branches yield clusters of large, round apples, distinguished by their vibrant red and yellow skin with a mottled appearance.Ideal for cold climates, ‘Honeycrisp’ offers juicy, sweet, tangy fruit.

A hardy apple variety with exceptionally delicious flavor, ‘Honeycrisp’ is the cultivar of choice for gardeners in cold-winter zones. Bright red skin covers these apples’ juicy, sweet, and tangy flesh. They soften and turn mild over time and taste their best right after harvest.

This sprightly specimen grows quickly to maturity and may provide fruit in as little as four years after planting! Cold winters keep it true to a semi-dwarf size under 20 feet tall and wide. It is more resistant to diseases and pests than most other apple cultivars.

Perfect for cold climates of the U.S., ‘Honeycrisp’ thrives in zones 3 through 8 with 800-1000 chill hours. Plant it with ‘Fiesta’ or ‘Rubinette’ for successful cross-pollination. 


Close-up of ripe apples on an 'Idared' apple tree. Its branches bear clusters of medium to large-sized apples, round with a glossy skin showing a vibrant mix of red and green hues. The leaves are dark green, oval shaped with pointed tips and serrated edges.Enjoy firm, red apples perfect for cooking and cider making!

‘Idared’ is one of the best cooking apples to grow in the garden. Its handsome apples are waxy red at maturity, and the flesh is yellowish and firm. When dried or baked, this delicious apple holds its shape better than most other varieties. It also makes a terrific cider.

This cultivar produces large crops each year, which means you’ll have more apples than you know what to do with! It also creates more apples than it can properly ripen, and each summer, you’ll need to remove some baby apples from the tree when they are small and green. This helps the tree send the proper amount of energy into fruit formation. 

This apple is for cold regions of the U.S. with a minimal chill hour requirement of 800 hours. It ripens late in the season, and its apples can last for four months or longer in the fridge! Just be sure to handle them carefully, as ‘Idared’ bruises easily. Plant it with ‘Pink Lady’ for successful cross-pollination. 


Close-up of 'Jonathan' apple tree in a sunny garden. The tree exudes rustic charm with its spreading form and branches adorned by dark green, serrated leaves. Its branches yield clusters of medium-sized apples, characterized by their vibrant red skin with occasional touches of yellow and green.Indulge in versatile apples, great for all your recipes and needs.

A parent of ‘Idared,’ ‘Jonathan’ apple trees stand out in the home garden. Their apples are perfect for any apple dish or fresh recipe. With bright, tart, and slightly sweet flesh, ‘Jonathan’ apples are a treat for anyone who eats them. They are one of the best multi-purpose apples for any number of dishes.

This tree forms a weeping shape over time, making it a great choice as a focal point in the landscape. Prune any unruly or rank growth and remove any dead or diseased wood to keep your tree healthy. Unlike other apple trees, this variety prefers clay to loam soil.

‘Jonathan’ is a midseason variety that thrives in areas with at least 700 chill hours. It experiences mildew in humid climates, but it is resistant to scab. Plant your ‘Jonathan’ tree alongside ‘Golden Delicious’, and they’ll both produce fruit each year.

‘Knobbed Russet’

Close-up of a 'Knobbed Russet' apple against a blurred apple tree background. Its branches yield clusters of medium-sized apples, distinguished by their unique russeted skin, featuring rough, bronze-colored patches and prominent knobs or lumps.Experience this uniquely flavored apple, perfect for diverse culinary adventures.

A truly unique apple, ‘Knobbed Russet’ looks spoiled! Its skin is hard, brown, and mottled. Don’t judge an apple by its skin though, as this variety has a delicious flavor like none other. Described as nutty and sweet by some and earthy by others, this apple pairs well with hard cheeses, nuts, and jelly. 

This apple is a bit challenging to grow and ripens late in the season. Mulch around the root zone to protect the sapling, and plan to water regularly during the growing season. Successful harvests are doubly rewarding as this variety keeps for four months or longer in your fridge. 

‘Knobbed Russet’ originated in the U.K. in the 1800s. It best adapts to a moist and mild climate, although it needs full sun during the summer for the best flavor and crispness in its apples. Plant this variety with ‘Pink Lady’ so the two cross-pollinate and form fruit.  


Close-up of 'Liberty' apple tree in a sunny garden. The 'Liberty' apple tree showcases a picturesque form with its compact, upright branches adorned by glossy, dark green leaves. Its branches yield clusters of medium-sized apples, distinguished by their vibrant red skin with occasional hints of yellow.Enjoy a versatile apple, perfect for eating fresh or in baking.

A true American beauty, ‘Liberty’ comes from New York and is a perfect apple variety for growers east of the Cascades. Its apples grow greenish-yellow with a dark red coloring on top of the skin. With their tart flavor, they are perfect for fresh eating, although they are also tasty in ciders and baked goods.

‘Liberty’ is prone to mildew in wet coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest. However, in dry areas throughout the U.S., it’s a great tree to grow. Mature specimens are highly productive and need minimal pruning. This tree also has an impressive resistance to rust and fireblight compared to most other varieties.

Plant a ‘Liberty’ tree in areas with at least 800 chill hours and an average growing season. Varieties like ‘Idared’ and ‘McIntosh’ are great choices for cross-pollinators.


Close-up of the 'McIntosh' apple tree with ripe fruits in the garden. The 'McIntosh' apple tree stands as an icon of orchards, boasting a graceful form with spreading branches adorned by dark green, serrated leaves. Its branches yield clusters of medium-sized apples, characterized by their vibrant red and green skin, with a waxy sheen that catches the light.Enjoy tart, red apples perfect for fresh eating or recipes.

Another cold-climate specialist is ‘McIntosh’ with its bright red apples. The flesh inside is pure white, and it has a complex and tart flavor. Use this apple fresh in recipes, or eat it right off the tree when it’s ripe. 

Originating from Canada, ‘McIntosh’ prefers like conditions to thrive in the U.S. It tends to sprout suckers up from the base of the trunk. Prune these off in late winter, along with any dead or diseased wood. 

Give this frost-hardy tree lots of sun and cool nights. It thrives in cold, dry regions of the Midwest, East Coast, and West Coast. ‘McIntosh’ needs an average of 900 chill hours and another cultivar like ‘Liberty’ nearby for successful fruit formation. 


Close-up of 'Norland' apple tree with ripe fruits in a sunny garden. Its branches yield clusters of medium-sized apples, typically round and brightly colored with a vibrant red skin with a delicate pinkish blush. The leaves are oval-shaped, green in color with finely serrated edges.Savor cold-hardy apples with red stripes, perfect for any garden.

‘Norland’ also originates from Canada and is similarly cold-hardy for the briskest regions of North America. Greenish-yellowish apples have red stripes on the skin and smooth white flesh. Use them fresh or cooked. Prematurely picked apples can last two months in the fridge and will ripen over time. 

This fruit tree reaches heights of no more than 16 feet, making it a perfect semi-dwarf tree for small gardens. Prune it to the shape you desire in late winter, and mulch at the base to keep the roots safe from extreme freezes. 

Gardeners in zones 2 through 5 will have the best luck growing this cultivar, as it is truly an apple for the coldest regions of the U.S., from Alaska to Montana. Aim to give it at least 1200 chill hours. ‘Norland’ works well with ‘McIntosh’ as cross-pollinators.


Close-up of ripe apples on a tree. The fruits are large, boasting a vibrant yellow-gold hue with occasional blushes of red-orange. The branches are adorned with glossy, dark green leaves that exhibit a slightly serrated edge.Delight in early-ripening apples perfect for pies and desserts.

Hardy to zone 3, ‘Oriole’ surprises growers with soft, flavorful flesh. This apple variety makes delicious pies, cakes, sauces, and desserts. It also tastes great fresh picked, although it doesn’t store in your fridge for longer than a week or two. It ripens early in the season and will have ripe fruit before most other varieties. 

‘Oriole’ is a small tree best grown in cold zones of the U.S. Pollinator trees like ‘Norland’ or ‘McIntosh’ help this cultivar with successful fruit formation. ‘Oriole’ may be difficult to find at nurseries, but its taste is well worth the search for cold-zone gardeners. 


Close-up of ripe fruits on a 'Paulared' apple tree illuminated by sunlight in an orchard. The 'Paulared' apple tree is recognized by its upright growth habit, adorned with vibrant green leaves. Its fruits are medium to large in size, displaying a striking red coloration with occasional streaks of green and yellow, with a slightly ribbed appearance.Enjoy early-ripening apples with crisp, juicy flesh for various uses.

From Michigan comes the delicious ‘Paulared’ apple variety. This is early-ripening tree produces fruits with bright red skin and yellow-green coloration at the top and bottom. Its flavor has a mild tang, and the apple’s flesh is crisp and juicy. Use this apple right after picking for the best results.

A robust tree with few disease or pest issues, ‘Paulared’ grows well throughout the Midwest as well as the Pacific Northwest. Trees may grow large over time and need pruning to shape. Consider a modified central leader shape so this tree produces bountiful crops each year. 

‘Paulared’ needs a considerable amount of chill hours, between 900-1200 for successful fruit formation. Plant it in cold areas with ‘Honeycrisp’ for successful pollination. 

‘Pink Lady’

Close-up of a ripe 'Pink Lady' apple hanging on a branch against a blurred background of a green garden. Its fruit is medium-sized and renowned for its striking pinkish-red blush over a yellow-green base, with slight russeting.Pick vibrant pink apples, perfect for warm climate gardens.

Unlike other apples, this apple’s varietal name and grocery store name are different! ‘Pink Lady’ is for commercial apples, although the varietal name is actually ‘Cripps Pink.’ Apples that have perfectly pink skin, with light yellow underneath, and are without blemish are sold as ‘Pink Lady.’ Apples that do not meet these quality standards are sold as ‘Cripps Pink,’ even though they grow off the same tree. 

‘Pink Lady’ ripens late in the growing season and needs warm autumns to develop its distinct pink hue. Plant it in full sun with airflow and regular water during the growing season. Its mature size will depend on whether it is a standard tree or has a semi-dwarf or dwarf rootstock. Check the label on the tree to see how big your sapling will grow.

Originating in Australia, this cultivar prefers long, warm summers and a short winter period. ‘Pink Lady’ only requires 400 chill hours to bloom properly in the spring, and it thrives in sunny locales from California to Florida. It is incredibly self-fruitful and produces a large crop every year without the need for another pollinator tree. 


Close-up of 'Redfree' apple tree with ripe fruits in a sunny garden. The branches are adorned with glossy, dark green leaves with fine serrated edges. Its fruits are medium-sized and characterized by a brilliant red skin coloration with occasional streaks of yellow and green.Enjoy robust, early-ripening apples perfect for fresh eating.

Bred to be scab resistant, ‘Redfree’ is a robust apple variety with delicious fruit. Its apples grow bright red skin, just like the name suggests. They ripen early in the season and make for a sensational fresh-eating apple. 

‘Redfree’ thrives throughout the East Coast and Midwest and is an excellent disease-resistant cultivar. It produces heavily each year, so be ready to thin extra baby apples as needed.

Plant ‘Redfree’ next to ‘Knobbed Russet’ or ‘Idared’ in areas with at least 1200 chill hours for successful cross-pollination. 

‘Rome Beauty’

Close-up of 'Rome Beauty' apple tree in an orchard. The tree showcases a sturdy, spreading structure with dark green leaves. Its fruits are large and round, boasting a glossy, deep red skin with occasional green undertones.Discover versatile apples perfect for baking and cooking adventures.

Although this apple doesn’t taste the best fresh picked, it makes up for it with heavenly flavors in baked and cooked goods. ‘Rome Beauty’ apples are not your typical apples, with hard flesh and smooth, red skin. Bake these apples into your favorite pie, or try your hand at frying apple slices. 

‘Rome Beauty’ is a precocious type of apple, meaning it will bear many apples at a young age. This heavy-bearing characteristic carries through to maturity, making this cultivar a dependable apple tree in any baker’s yard. 

‘Rome Beauty’ thrives with 700 chill hours and a long growing season. Its apples ripen late throughout the fall, and they stay on the tree when they’re ripe. Plant this variety, and you’ll have baking apples to pick every year! 


Close-up of a ripe 'Rubinette' apple on a branch against a blurred background of green foliage. The fruit is large and exhibits a distinctive orange-red blush over a yellow-green background.Enjoy these flavorful apples, perfect for various recipes.

Some cultivars, like ‘Rubinette,’ have the reputation of being finicky in the landscape. Although this is true— the original breeders acknowledge it— the ‘Rubinette’ apple variety makes up for its difficulties with delicious, balanced flavor. These golden apples have yellow stripes on their skin, and they taste zesty and sweet at the same time.

‘Rubinette’ may develop small apples, and it requires thinning to avoid a small crop. When apples are in bunches and the size of a golf ball, select one big fruit per bunch and remove the rest. This helps the apples grow large and develop distinct flavors. A slow-growing variety, it needs minimal pruning outside of removing dead or diseased wood. 

This fruit tree prefers mild winters and long, mellow growing seasons. It performs its best in the Pacific Northwest and mild areas across the U.S. to the East Coast. Aim for it to experience 600-800 chill hours each winter, and plant it with ‘Gala’ for optimal fruit formation.

‘Sierra Beauty’

Close-up of clusters of ripe apples on the branch in a sunny garden. Its foliage consists of glossy, dark green leaves with serrated edges, providing an attractive backdrop to the clusters of medium-sized, round fruits. The apples themselves are known for their vibrant red blush over a yellow-green base, with crisp, juicy flesh.Savor sweet-tart apples, resilient and prolific, perfect for home gardens.

Pale yellow with a red blush, ‘Sierra Beauty’ surprises consumers with its sweet and tart taste. Thought to have been lost for generations, this apple is now available thanks to Jim Gowan of California. Grow one in your garden for a great-tasting apple that keeps well into the spring in the refrigerator.

‘Sierra Beauty’ is both hardy and tolerant. It grows well through garden zones 6 to 9. Orchardists know this tree heavily produces apples each year, making it a superb option for both commercial and home growers.

Ensure your tree gets at least 700 winter chill hours so it flowers profusely come spring. Plant ‘Sierra Beauty’ with ‘Rome Beauty’ or ‘Golden Delicious’ for high cross-pollination. 


Close-up of a 'Spartan' apple tree branch with ripe fruits in a sunny garden. Its foliage features dark green, oval-shaped leaves with serrated edges, providing a lush canopy for the tree. The fruits of the 'Spartan' apple are medium to large in size, with a deep red skin and a slightly elongated shape.Delight in reliable, flavorful apples perfect for versatile culinary creations.

Known for its supreme growing habit and reliable production, the ‘Spartan’ apple variety is a longstanding favorite for growers in cold regions of the U.S. Apples are dark and rosy red when fully ripe, and they taste refreshing with hints of fruit and tang. Use ‘Spartan’ for anything in the kitchen— it is a versatile apple. Store it for up to five months in your fridge.

‘Spartan’ grows well with scaffolding off of a few central leaders. Prune to shape and for health as needed. This cultivar grows best in areas with 800-1000 chill hours every winter. Plant it with ‘Sierra Beauty’ or ‘Rome Beauty’ for the best cross-pollination results.

‘Tropical Beauty’

Close-up of 'Tropical Beauty' apple tree with ripe fruits. Its foliage showcases glossy, dark green leaves that offer a lush backdrop to the abundance of vibrant, medium-sized fruits. The apples of the 'Tropical Beauty' variety are known for their stunning crimson skin.Treasure early-ripening apples perfect for warm climates and versatile uses.

With one of the lowest chill hour requirements of any apple, ‘Tropical Beauty’ is a treasure for gardeners in warm, tropical zones. It grows apples with bright red skin and creamy white flesh that are ripe early in the season. They taste far more delicious than most other early warm-zone varieties and function perfectly as fresh-eating or cooking apples. 

This semi-dwarf variety grows its best in warm summer areas with mild winters. Only 100 chill hours are necessary for successful flower and fruit formation. Plant your ‘Tropical Beauty’ alongside ‘Adina,’ another tropical apple type, for successful cross-pollination. 


Close-up of ripe 'Wealthy' apples on a branch in the garden. The apples are large, round in shape, and are distinguished by their bright red skin, with green undertones, and their crisp, tender flesh.Experience abundant tart apples perfect for baking and cooking delights.

‘Wealthy’ leaves you with a wealth of apples! This tree is a cold-hardy favorite and its apples are often used in baking and cooking. The fruit is distinctly greenish yellow with a red glossy layer on top. Inside, the flesh has pink veins and tastes pleasantly tart and tangy. 

This tree’s habit finds it growing up and out, with branches that droop down at their tips. It is a gorgeous mature tree, although it is prone to break with heavy storms. Keep it pruned small and strong for less breakage.

‘Wealthy’ does best in cooler climates from zones 3 through 8. Plant it alongside ‘Esopus Spitzenberg’ for a supreme combo. The two pair nicely, and they help each other form fruit with their cross-pollination habits. This type needs at least 1000 winter chill hours with temperatures below 45°F (7°C).

‘William’s Pride’

Close-up of a pile of harvested ripe 'William's Pride' apples. These apples are large, round in shape, with striking deep red skin with occasional yellow-green patches.Delight in early, tangy-sweet apples resistant to fireblight.

A fireblight-resistant variety, ‘William’s Pride’ wows home gardeners with delicious apples early in the growing season. The fruit is dark red and waxy with light yellow-green coloring underneath. It tastes tangy and sweet at the same time and makes for a superb early apple for fresh eating.

This tree matures to a standard apple tree size of over 16 feet tall. While its young, prune it to the modified central leader shape. Prune during late winter and cut off any dead wood at the same time

‘William’s Pride’ needs another pollinator close by, preferably a variety like ‘Golden Delicious.’ It requires at least 400 chill hours and grows well throughout garden zones 4 through 8. 

‘Winter Banana’

Close-up of three ripe 'Winter Banana' apple fruits on a wooden table covered with burlap and autumn dry leaves in bright orange, yellow and reddish hues. The 'Winter Banana' apple fruits are visually striking, characterized by their pale yellow to golden skin with a subtle pink blush and occasional russeting. They exhibit a smooth, glossy texture and a slightly flattened shape.Savor unique, banana-flavored apples perfect for fresh eating and charcuterie.

‘Winter Banana’ is a California favorite with a flavor unlike any other apple. As its name suggests, it has a mild hint of banana flavor, and the skin is banana-yellow with red coloration where the sun hits it. A late ripener, this apple tastes its best when sliced and eaten fresh. Use it on a charcuterie board to pair its deliciousness with other flavors.

This variety thrives in areas with warm summers and little chill hours in winter. Ensure it gets at least 400 chill hours, and give it some space to grow and ramble. Plant it next to ‘Sierra Beauty’ for optimal cross-pollination and fruit formation on both trees.

Final Thoughts

This may seem like a lot of apple types, but in reality, there are thousands of varieties and cultivars across the globe! Let this guide serve as a starting point. As you test your favorites, you’ll discover many things about these classic fruit trees.

I hope this list has got you thinking of which apples will grow best in your garden and taste delicious in your homemade recipes. Enjoy freshly picked apples for decades to come by planting one of these 30 apple varieties. I promise you’ll always be impressed with the deliciousness of a homegrown apple!

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