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Granny Smith Apple tree

Owner: Bill

Location:  Landers, CA, United States

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:Not the same as the tree.
Soil:Mostly sandy, desert sand. 
Climate at this location:Arid, hot in summer but can go well below freezing in the winter.
Pruning:In the fall I pruned the tree modestly.
Tree form:Espalier
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Local pests:Birds and chipmonks

Owner's comments

I bought the tree at a nursery in the Los Angeles area but it was mislabelled "Spartan.' But when the time to pick approached I identified it as a Granny Smith. I live near the Joshua Tree area in Southern california.

Season records for this tree

  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 14 April
    The blossoms are in fair quantity and look healthy. The original blossom openings started on April 1.
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 14 April
    The season was quite windy on the h-desert and some blossoms were torn off.
  • 2010

    Spring blossom: 19 March
    Harvest: 1st week August
    There was only one apple left from bird attacks. So I harvested early.
  • 2009

    Did not own tree at that time.

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