PlantsApples→Apple (Malus pumila 'Granny Smith')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 12 to 16 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 14 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Child plants: 2 child plants

Honey bees enjoying apple blossoms

Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Dec 9, 2011 5:17 PM

Needs a pollinator.
Grows in zones 5 to 9
A bright green, crisp, hard apple, with a very tart taste. However, served slightly chilled it can also be very refreshing, and works well in salads and baking. The flavor sweetens in storage.

Like all the best old varieties it has a bizarre history, being discovered in Australia in the 1860's as a seedling growing in the remains of a compost pile. The true parentage is still unknown, but is possibly French Crab. The discoverer - a Mrs Maria Smith found that the apple was versatile for cooking and eating, and was involved in spreading its popularity. Her apple orchard was located in Eastwood, now in the City of Ryde, Sydney. In an inspired piece of marketing she called the new apple Granny Smith. By the 1960s Granny Smith was practically syonymous with 'apple' and the variety was used by the Beatles as the logo for their company 'Apple Records'.

One of the first international varieties, a role for which it was well suited. The tough skin and amazing keeping qualities meant it could easily be shipped around the world.
It came to the US, where the famous Grady Auvil, from Washington gave it a start in the commercial apple industry, and made it popular.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Nov 24, 2013 9:49 AM

My favorite variety of apples for baking.

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