Two-Tier Combo Apple, Espalier
Malus domestica ('Spartan', 'Akane', 'Honeycrisp', 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 two tiers with three 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 to early fall; Honeycrisp, with its large red, crisp, deliciously sweet fruit, well-suited for fresh eating and cooking, and equally suited for pressing for cider, ripening in early to mid-fall; and 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.|
|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, Espalier, Specimen, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden, Small Spaces|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Fruit Tree & Vine|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Edible, Pollenizer, Showy Fruit, Sustainable|
|Watering Needs||Water deeply, regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Lavender (Lavandula); Sedge Grass (Carex); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Wormwood (Artemesia); Fleabane (Erigeron)|
Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to develop an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed before new growth begins in spring with an all purpose fertilizer. Prune as needed to remove dead wood and to maintain desired size and shape.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8