The Q&A Archives: Planting apple tree to bear fruit

Question: I just purchased a Braeburn apple tree from Home Depot. A friend told me that I need two planted a specific distance apart in order to bear fruit. Please inform me. Also I am planning to trelis it. What do you suggest since I can not put holes into the siding along the garage. The tree is 8-9'

Answer: For pollination to occur, you will need another variety of apple that blooms midseason such as Fuji or Rome, or a crabapple that blooms at the same time as your tree. It should be planted near the Braeburn, within fifty feet or closer.

To trellis the tree or grow it as an espalier you will have to provide a sturdy framework for it. You could use two very strong posts with crosspieces or wire stretched between them to support the tree. Keep in mind it must be strong enough to withstand winds blowing against it, including when the tree is leafed out and can catch the wind like a sail.

Here are some espalier instructions you may find helpful. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

Your local Rutgers county extension may have suggestions as to the best performing apple varieties in your local area as well as be able to help you devise a routine care plan for your trees. Their web site is

Enjoy your apple project!

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