Four-in-One Combo Apple
Malus domestica ('Spartan', 'Gala', 'Criterion', 'Fuji', grafted)
Water deeply, regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat or containers.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||MAL-us doh-MES-ti-ka|
|Lore||This tree is grafted with four varieties to please varied palates and extend the harvest season in today's smaller gardens. Gala, from New Zealand, has red-orange skin, very crisp white flesh with a tangy-sweet flavor, ripening in September. Spartan is a sweet, juicy hybrid variety, descended from McIntosh apples. It's a versatile apple, suitable for baking, sauces, or eating fresh. The popular Fuji's spicy, crisp sweetness is exceptional, with average harvest time in October. Criterion is a delicious apple that's excellent for fresh eating, baking and even in cider.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and 15 to 20 ft. wide; smaller with annual pruning.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Sustainable|
|Landscape Use||Container, Specimen, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Showy Fruit, Sustainable|
|Watering Needs||Water deeply, regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Lavender (Lavandula); Sedge (Carex); Fleabane (Erigeron); Wormwood (Artemesia); Wallflower (Erysimum); Rosemary (Rosmarinus)|
Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed in early spring. Prune as needed to remove dead wood and to maintain desired size and shape. Thin heavy crops in late spring to prevent damage from overbearing.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9