Granny Smith Apple Tree Overview
The Granny Smith apple tree is an excellent apple variety great for eating fresh, making pie and cooking. In fact, one of the popular uses is in salads because they do not turn brown when cut. The apple variety is named after Maria Ann Smith who planted apples pips in a 24-acre farm she owned with her husband Thomas Smith in New South Wales, Australia. One of the pips grew to bear fruit in 1868. Maria Ann Smith used the apple variety for cooking and later the family began to market the apple variety in 1890 as Smith’s Seedling at the Castle Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Show. In 1895 the apple variety officially became known as Granny Smith. It is commonly known as one of the best apple varieties for cooking, drying, and eating.
Just like any other apple tree, the Granny Smith apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The tree is moderately vigorous upright tree and produces heavy crop each year. Once they are ready for harvest, you can pick them to eat fresh, cook or dry! Granny Smith apples can keep for a very long time in storage. It is self-fertile and you don’t need a pollinator to produce crop.
- Uses: Eating fresh, cooking, making pie
- Taste: Crisp, sweet-sharp, refreshing flavor
- Size: Medium
- Color: Bright yellow and green skin color
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9
- Disease resistance
- Scab – moderately susceptible
- Rust – resistant
- Fireblight – moderately susceptible
- Blight – susceptible
- Harvest period: 5
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross Pollinates with: Akane, Alkmene, Dolgo, Gala, Golden Delicious, Harry Masters Jersey to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Upright spreading tree. Produces heavy crop every year.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for a long time especially when harvested early.