Fruit Trees

Best 5 Apple Trees To Grow In Montana

As Montana’s growing seasons are short and its winters are harsh, growing apple trees in the state may prove difficult in comparison to those grown in states with milder climates.

There are however a certain number of apple trees that thrive in Montana, as long as they are planted with the proper variety.

If you live in a region that experiences frost earlier than others, early or mid-season apples are likely to grow to their full potential.

Those gardens where frost is expected to come later in the fall, will likely succeed in growing apples in late season. There are few trees as cold-hardy and drought-resistant as the apple trees in Montana.

They are the best trees to plant if you want tasty, fresh apples in the garden.


Red Delicious Apple Tree


Red Delicious Apples (Malus ‘Red Delicious’) are a popular ornamental deciduous tree that produces superior fruit.

The Red Delicious fruit has a red skin and a conical shape, enclosing white, crispy flesh with a sweet flavor.

With their fragrant elegance, clusters of small white flowers with a subtle pink hue will adorn its branches in the spring. Pollinators and bees both love the bloom!

During summer, the leaves are dark green and adorn a round shape, which, in autumn, turns a brilliant yellow and is studded with deep red fruit. There’s no better tree than this one!

Red Delicious apples are the most widely grown apple variety in the world.

Throughout North America, this apple tree is widely planted and has a variety of uses. Red Delicious was the most widely planted variety in Washington State in 2005.

For healthy fruit production and home-grown goodness, plant your own apple trees! This will quickly become your favorite apple, too!


Macoun Apple Tree


Roadside stands sell the luscious Macoun Apple (Malus ‘Macoun’) for hundreds of miles.

Their sweet taste and creamy texture make them a favorite for dessert.

The combination of spicy, sweet, and tart flavors make these a favorite.

Macoun Apples (Malus ‘Macoun’) are in high demand as a product sold at roadside stands and pick-your-own orchards; now, you can grow them in your own backyard.

These brilliant deep red-wine colored apples have contrasting creamy white interiors and are incredibly flavorful!

You can enjoy them straight from the tree, or add them to salads and fruit cups.

They are also suitable for baking and remain firm. If you want to make your family happy, put them in a pie, crisp, or tart.

Also great for apple juice and applesauce due to its delicious floral flavor. They combine well with other apples to complement the full flavor spectrum.

Snow sweet® Apple Tree

It has always been rumored that fruit salad, the staple of brunches everywhere, is tainted with chemicals.

After hours of cutting up fresh fruit into perfectly sized chunks, you want your salad to look great, especially if you’re serving a large group.

Afterward, you unwrap your masterpiece on the buffet table, only to discover that the apples have already started to brown! The browning of apples in a fresh-fruit salad makes it look unappetizing.

Now we have Snowsweet® Apple Trees (Malus ‘Wildung’) at our disposal!

It is a relative newcomer to the orchard scene, introduced at the University of Minnesota in 2006.

The fruit has white flesh that stays crisp when exposed to air, and it oxidizes slowly (turns brown) after you have sliced it.


Chestnut Crabapple Tree


If you think of crabapples, you probably imagine tiny, rock-hard, bitter fruit that will turn your mouth inside-out and cause you to lock your jaws. We are ready to change your mind about the Chestnut Crabapple Tree.

Chestnut crabapple trees contain a high amount of sugar, giving them a very sweet taste.

You’ll wonder if the crabapple you grew is actually a crabapple tree with notes of honey, pear, orange, and vanilla.

You don’t have to worry–it is! The Chestnut Crabapple is even said to taste like nuts.

You can eat chestnut crab apples raw as a snack or cook them into jams, pies, or preserves. They are yellow to soft red in color.

Even though these crabapples rarely grow larger than two inches in diameter, they have as much flavor as some of the best apple varieties!

In early September, as they mature and become ready to pick, their petite size makes them perfect for kids and as a tabletop bowl of cute apples.


State Fair Apple Tree


State Fair Apple Trees (Malus x ‘State Fair’) are a great choice for home growers who have an eye for beauty as well as a palate for balanced apples.

It should be noted that while State Fair’s fruit is excellent, many gardeners also celebrate this tree’s blooming season during this time of year.

An explosion of white to rose-pink blooms, this plant is bursting with fragrance as well as beauty.

You will celebrate the nectar resource just as much as the pollinators do!

Let your mind drift to the apple blossom season as you watch the bees float from blossom to blossom as you think of the approaching apple season.

If you decide to take a picnic beneath the flower-laden branches, you will get a feel for why apple blossom festivals are so popular.

When these brilliant apples ripen on the branch, you will enjoy the blushing and stripes of coloration that span from yellow to green to red with the addition of precious freckles.