At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Malus pumila
Foliage: Yellow-green to dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: Pinkish-white to white
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Reddish-gray
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 3 to Zone 8
Size: 15 to 50 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

The Common Apple is characterized by its alternate, oval-shaped, light or dark green leaves which brighten to shades of gold and copper in the autumn before being shed before the winter. The tree’s reddish-gray bark is animated in April as the Common Apple’s blossoms erupt from its stems in a fragrant flurry of pale rose and white-pink, festooning this specimen in a celebration of spring. But the Common Apple’s most familiar and cherished element—its fruit—emerges as small green pomes in the summer, ripening in the early fall until the gleaming apple skins blush with hues of dusky red and green, their crisp pale flesh tinged yellow-white or green-yellow. These apples can be eaten raw, juiced, or used in an assortment of foods, alcoholic beverages, and desserts; the flavor varies from sour to sour-sweet to juicy sweet.

It is said that the apple bitten by Adam and Eve doomed them to a life beyond Eden, but could the “Paradise Apple” provide a tiny taste of heaven? The vast majority of its cultivators certainly seem to think so, if the epithets they’ve honored this tree with are of any indication. As the native ancestor of thousands of apple cultivars, the Malus Pumila is possibly the most common fruit throughout the temperate regions of the world. This member of the Rosaceae family is commonly known as (you guessed it!) the Common Apple.

A relatively small tree, the deciduous Common Apple can grow anywhere from 15-50 ft. with an average 15-25 ft. spread and a rounded canopy; in some environments, it can alternatively be cultivated as a tall shrub. With a 3-8 hardiness zone rating, this species is native to and widespread throughout the northern hemisphere, grown in over 93 countries. It is most suitable in fertile, damp, cool soils—optimally medium and well-drained—and thrives in direct, full sunlight. Johnny Appleseed, our nation’s most famous distributor of the apple seed, was truly on to something; frost-hardy, abundantly fruitful, beautifully colored, life-giving, and delicious, the Common Apple is a surefire boon for any garden or orchard.