Centennial Apple fruit
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Height: 15 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Apple-Crab, Roseybloom
A hardy hybrid apple-crab with a sweet flavor for eating out of hand, but a short storage life; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, needs well-drained soil and full sun
Centennial Apple features showy clusters of lightly-scented white flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. The fruits are showy gold apples with a red blush, which are carried in abundance from late summer to early fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.
This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The small round sweet apples are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Centennial Apple is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Centennial Apple is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Planting & Growing
Centennial Apple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.