Four-in-One Combo Apple
Malus domestica ('Akane', 'Chehalis', 'Liberty', 'Spartan', 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 and trained as espalier into three tiers with four varieties intended to extend the harvest season in today's smaller gardens: Akane, a sweet, rich, early season dessert apple, excellent for fresh eating and drying, ripening late summer; Chehalis, a large yellow-green, pink blushed apple with crisp, juicy, sweet medium-textured flesh, a great apple for fresh eating and baking, ripens in late summer to early fall; the versatile dessert apple, Spartan, a sweet, juicy midseason hybrid with wonderful fine texture suitable for baking, sauces, and eating fresh, ripens in mid to late fall, and has excellent storage capacity; and Liberty, with red, crisp and refreshing, juicy fruit, ready to harvest in mid to late fall.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 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|
|Soil Needs||Fruit Tree & Vine|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Edible, Showy Fruit, Sustainable|
|Watering Needs||Water deeply, regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Allium (Allium); Fleabane (Erigeron); Sedge Grass (Carex); Wallflower (Erysimum); Lavender (Lavandula)|
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: 5-8