Malus

Apple Tree
(Malus domestica)
Other Names - Apple
Origins
S. E. Europe, Turkey, through Asia Minor, to Central Asia.
Type
Perennial (deciduous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 4 - 9.
Bloom
Spring, early Summer.
Height
3 - 40 ft (1 - 12 m).
Cultivation
Full Sun; exposure to early morning Sun is also important. It will dry dew, and reduce risk of diseases. Avoid locations that are

vulnerable to Spring frosts. Well drained loamy soils are best. Prune in dormant season. See more information on growing Apple in your orchard, in References,below.
Propagation
By grafting (easiest).
-did you know?
Propagating trees from apple seeds will not produce trees identical to the mother plant. Their fruit will all look and taste different.
Other
Probably the best recognized orchard tree, and fruit.
Thousands of different tree varieties had been cultivated over the same number of years.
Handsome fruit they supply, is not just tasty, but also culturally significant.
Adam and Eve could not resist it, neither could many of the Pagan Gods, and Goddesses, believing it gave them special powers.
Apple falling off a tree, is said to have inspired Sir Isaac Newton's theory of gravity. Apple is special, till these days. We like to teach our children that "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away", or show special affection by saying "you are the apple of my eye".
Apples as fruit keep very well. Simply put them in single layers, in a cool dry place, such as cellar, and they will last for months. Apples stored in close containers, and proximity to other fruit will make it ripe, very fast. This does not necessarily need to be a bad thing. If you end up buying avocados that are too hard, just place them next to a few apples and cover all with a cake dome or some other container. They will get ready to eat, fast. Otherwise, keep apples separate from other fruit. Apples are great fresh, but they are also wonderful cooked with cinnamon and made into pancakes, and other desserts. Sliced, and dried apples are good as a nibble, or tea (just briefly soak them in hot water).
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References - Find more about: apple through PBS documentary, called BOTANY OF DESIRE by Michael Pollan.
Hardiness ZonesSee more on how to grow apples, from Extension Office of Ohio State UniversityFACT SHEET

Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: blogger, bulabean, dive-angel (Karin), flickr, Jasmine&Roses, Jean-Michel Volat, His books, recently published A square view of life, and Plastic beauty, Ohio State University, Extension OfficeRebelRob, Rita Crane Photography. Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., TMR Davies, Wikipedia, W.D. Williams

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