Originating in Australia, the Granny Smith Apple is an “apple of a different color.” Its green-skinned fruit is tart and juicy, perfect in pies, caramel apples or eaten right off the tree.
The Granny Smith got its name and its start in 1868 when it was introduced by Maria Anne Smith. She found a unique seedling in her orchard and cultivated it, leading to the tasty treat we eat today.
This fast-growing tree grows to be 12-16 feet tall with a spread of 10-14 feet. It grows at a rate of about 6-10 inches per year. It will bear fruit after about two to five years of planting. The Granny Smith Apple tree must be pollinated by another tree in order to grow fruit.
Granny Smith Apple trees are a member of the rose family and bloom in early spring. They can be harvested in late October or early November. A tree can yield approximately two to five bushels of apples at maturity.
Granny Smith Apple trees need full sunlight to grow and should be planted in clay, loamy or sandy, well-drained soil. The tree is low maintenance and grows best in mild winter climates. Hardiness Zone: 5-9