A cross between the sweet McIntosh and the cold-hardy Ben Davis apple, the Cortland fruit is an ideal ingredient for an array of delicious apple desserts including pies, applesauce and apple crisp.
The tree will reach a height of 5-20 feet and assume an upright, vase-shaped form with a spread of 10-20 feet. It is a moderate grower, adding approximately 12-14 inches per year.
The Cortland Apple tree begins to bear fruit after four to six years of planting. Cortland Apple trees bloom in April, displaying delicate pink buds which transform into beautiful white flowers. The red-striped fruit matures in September. It is sweet to eat with just a hint of tartness. The inside flesh is crisp and white and won’t brown when sliced.
These medium-sized trees are low maintenance and grow best in full sunlight and in moist, clay, loamy, or sandy soils which are well-drained. Hardiness Zone: 3-8