Fruit Trees

6 Best Apple Trees To Grow In Illinois

It is no secret that apple trees are among the first fruit trees that come to mind when people think about fruit trees. In fact, apple trees are among the most common types of fruit trees found on private property in northern Illinois.

 It is important to know a few things before planting apple trees. First, they need moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Secondly, their roots need to be planted deep enough so that they can enlarge properly. 

It’s important you plant two different varieties of apple trees in order to ensure that they will cross pollinate.  In the apple world, apple scab is the most common disease that affects apple trees.

However, there are several varieties that are immune to apple scab, such as Prima, Pristine, and Goldrush.  In order to get a complete list of apple tree varieties that can be grown in northern Illinois, you can look at this guide from the University of Illinois.

Among all the fruits, apple trees are probably the easiest to grow. In short, it is a plant that does not require fertilization, does not require watering, can be planted in most soil types, and it does not need any pruning at all.

Therefore, it is a perfect plant for the backyard gardens of any gardener. Especially if you have a lot of space, you can plant as many apple trees as you like. In cases when you do not have a lot of space, you can plant apple trees in pots.

It should be noted that there is no climate or soil in Illinois where a cactus is unable to survive, so you are able to plant it pretty much anywhere in your yard that you want.

There is no doubt that apple trees produce some of the heaviest harvests of all the fruit trees on this list. There will be plenty of apples at the orchard from late August until November, so you may pick more than you can eat.

I would have to say that out of all the fruit trees on this list, apple trees are the most likely to be attacked by insects. No matter if it’s Japanese Beetles or Aphids, you will have to spray and care for your apple tree constantly in order to prevent insects from infesting the tree.


Gala Apple Tree


Traditionally, Gala Apple Trees have been one of the most popular apple varieties in the country because they produce apples at a much earlier age than other trees.

Taking advantage of this low maintenance crop, you can pretty easily get your own delicious harvest without a lot of effort on your part.

We are offering organic Gala seeds for your consideration. Due to Galas’ lack of serious pest problems or diseases, you will get 6 to 12 bushels of Galas when your tree is fully grown and established.

You just cannot imagine the delicious sweetness and robust flavor of Gala Apples from your own garden – along with their crisp, firm texture and their hardiness and strength.

You can eat them right off of the branches, use them for baking, or even store them for up to six months for future snacking.

Scarlet Sentinel Columnar Apple Tree

The tree is grown arrow straight and has practically no branches! The tree grows arrow straight and almost no branches!

Those are the characteristics that make it a perfect choice for confined or tight spaces.

Furthermore, with its rapid fruit production and strength, this plant is known to be capable of enduring summer temperatures well above 100 degrees and still produce healthy and delicious fruit with healthy harvests.

It can be said that the Scarlet Sentinel Columnar brings together the best of both worlds.

You get to enjoy sweet, healthy fruit for baking and snacking, all without any hassle.

In spite of its unaffected nature by pests, disease, or excessive wind conditions, the Scarlet Sentinel is distinguished by its successful growth and excellent yields. In addition, its dwarf size makes it extremely easy to plant anywhere.
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A Granny Smith Apple Tree from our nursery is known for being very productive and easy to grow.

It produces fruit in record time, and you are guaranteed to be able to pick delicious apples a lot sooner than you would with seed grown varieties.

The taste will be utterly unique and unparalleled. There is no need for harsh pesticides or specialized soil in order for Granny Smith to thrive, and this is extremely important to note.

Therefore, you will be able to grow a plant that is adaptable and versatile and produces delicious Granny Smith apples for snacks, desserts, and many other uses.

We also have a self-fertile variety of Granny Smith apple seeds as well. So if you only have one Granny Smith tree in your garden, then you would get fruit with only one tree but if you add another one, then you will get a drastically increased crop. Imagine having tons of delicious apples, season after season, right in your backyard!

Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree

Juicy, crispy, and crispy at the same time. The Honeycrisp Apple is known for its delectable flavor.

They’ve become a consumer favorite, so you’ve probably bought them at the store.

As tasty as they are, store-bought Honeycrisp apples cannot compare to home-grown Honeycrisp apples at the peak of ripeness from your own tree.

Our Honeycrisp Apple Trees provide fresh fruit as soon as they are grafted from proven root stock, with cold hardiness down to -30°F, disease resistance, and fruit production in just one year.


McIntosh Apple Tree


McIntosh Apple Trees are known for their fresh fruit, which boasts a light flavor and a red skin—both of which lend them an appealing appearance.

In addition, as this tree ripens early in the season and produces a lot of fruit, you will have fruit every year and a lot sooner than other varieties.

If you want to enjoy your McIntosh Apples fresh, you can bake them, cook them, or even use them as a base for apple cider.

Not only will you be able to grow the fruit organically, but you will also be able to get your fruit as quickly as possible.

The first thing you will notice is that you will not have to worry about spraying your trees with pesticides or chemicals. Natural pesticides will be used to treat the trees, which means that no pesticides or chemicals will be needed.

It is easy to grow our McIntosh trees due to the fact that they don’t have serious pest or disease issues, and have a hardiness that makes them a dream to grow. No matter if you have a green thumb or not, you can still get healthful, strong growth from your McIntosh.

Honey gold Apple Tree

One of the most popular apple trees is the Honey gold Apple Tree, especially because it is cold hardy.

Although it tastes similar to Honeycrisp, the Honey gold Apple Tree is a dessert apple that grows in even the coldest climates.

The trees can survive Minnesota winters. In the harsh, windy climate, very few sweet fruits grow.

You can still expect a bountiful harvest from your Honey gold Apple Tree, even during the harshest winters.

You will be amazed at the huge harvest and delicious taste. You’ll be delighted by the large harvest you get from late September through November when you plant the Honey gold.

The apple also has a delicious honey taste without any tartness, which is why it’s called the honey apple. Enjoy this healthy dessert as the temperatures drop in early autumn.