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Malus Northpole™ Columnar Apple

Malus Northpole™ Columnar Apple

Bringing the Orchard to Your Patio or Deck

Item # 47512

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Northpole is a columnar variety that virtually has no branches and bears fruit along the main trunk. Perfect for small spaces, this dwarf tree can even be grown in a large patio container and pruned heavily to maintain its small size. It is cold hardy to Zone 4.

The tree fruits 1 to 2 years after planting, producing pure white flowers in spring followed by a heavy crop of large red fruit in early September. Similar to McIntosh, the apples are crisp, sweet, juicy, and aromatic, good for fresh eating, cider, baking, and canning.

Apple trees require cross-pollination at blossom time for fruit to develop. Cross-pollination is the transfer of pollen, typically by honeybees, from one variety to a different variety of the same type tree. So, be sure to plant or place a second apple tree of a different variety within 100 feet of this tree. A greater distance between them may result in poor pollination. Keep in mind that most pesticides are toxic to bees and should not be used during bloom time. Bees are most active when the temperature is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and winds are below 10 miles an hour.

This tree was developed from Geneva 202 root stock and is a non-GMO item, grown with sustainable and ecologically sound growing practices. It is 1 to 2 feet tall when shipped.

Uses: Small Gardening, Containers, Borders, Landscape Specimen

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. "(Bareroot perennials) are dormant," explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, "But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they'll begin breaking dormancy." And once the plant 'wakes up', it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.