Apple Tree Companions: What To Plant Under Apple Trees?

The apple tree is one of the most popular types of trees planted in gardens around the world. They are known for their beautiful flowers and tasty fruits. However, there are many varieties of apples available today, so it’s not always easy to choose which variety will best suit your needs.

There are several factors to consider when choosing between different varieties of apples. For example, some varieties have a higher sugar content than others, or they may contain less acidity (a good thing if you like sweeter foods). Other characteristics include how tart or sweet the flavor is, whether the apple is juicy or firm, and how well it resists browning.

There are also other considerations such as disease resistance and storage potential.

If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, then you might want to look at pears. Pears are another popular type of fruit tree planted in gardens around the world. They tend to be smaller than apples but still pack quite a punch with their flavor.

You’ll probably enjoy eating them too!

Planting apple trees under apple trees is generally easier than planting any other kind of tree because they grow so fast and produce so much fruit. Other trees, such as cherries and plums, can take years before they start bearing fruit, but apple trees can typically start bearing fruit on their third year.

One important thing to consider is that apple trees can suffer from both insect and disease issues. Apple scab is a common disease in apple trees that give the leaves a brownish patchy appearance. A common insect issue is apple maggot, which can infest the apples themselves.

To prevent these problems, many people choose to plant a variety of apple variety that have different levels of resistance to these issues.

If you’re looking for a particular type of apple that you’ve tried in the past and really enjoyed the taste of, why not try to grow your own?

It’s easier than you might think!

It is important to prune your fruit trees properly from time to time. This is necessary for many reasons, including:

Growing new branches. A tree that hasn’t been pruned in years will produce very few, if any, fruits. Pruning causes parts of the tree to grow again, which in turn allows fruits or flowers to form in those areas.

What can I plant under an apple tree?

Any tree can cause shade, but only a few trees are tall enough or give off shade fast enough to create a problem.

Trees that grow large leaves such as cottonwoods, willows, and mulberries need a lot of water. They should only be planted where they have access to lots of water.

Deciduous fruit trees drop their leaves in the winter and grow new leaves in the spring. This process takes nutrients from inside the tree and moves them to the new growth. This is called nutrient burn and can occur in fruit trees when the soil is deficient in phosphorus.

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It causes the leaves to turn a silvery-white and sometimes hang on the tree all year. To prevent this, apply a layer of compost high in phosphorus over the root zone in the fall.

While growing up, I always looked forward to the apple picking season every fall. It was a great excuse to go out into the countryside and spend a day eating all the different types of apples you wanted and coming home with a bucket full of fresh apples for my family to enjoy all through the winter!

If you have an apple tree of your own, I’m sure you know just how easy it is to grow them; they’re one of the easiest fruits to grow! That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you pick the best apple tree for your home and family to enjoy for years to come.

In this guide you’ll learn:

A bit about apples and apple trees

How to tell a good apple from a bad apple

The different types of apple tree

How to grow an apple tree in your own backyard or garden

So, are you ready to learn all about apples and apple trees?

Then let’s get started!

What are the Different Types of Apples?

There are hundreds of different types of apples, but many can be grouped into distinct categories based on their characteristics. These categories are:


Also known as ‘Crimsons’, this family of apple includes some of the most popular apples in the US and are usually a very attractive red color – hence the name. They don’t have a great taste, but they do keep their shape when cooked and are great to eat raw. Common types include Red Delicious, Empire, and Golden Delicious.


Named after the famous geneticist, Professor Gala, this apple is a favorite among children and has a sweet-tart flavor, with a soft texture when cooked. They hold their shape well when cooked also.

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Golden Delicious

These are similar to the ‘Crispin’ apples and have the same characteristics; they just don’t keep their shape as well; they’re best for cooking or eating raw.

Granny Smith

This green apple is best known for its use in making the most popular type of apple pie. They are extremely tart and keep their shape well when cooked, you’ll probably need to add plenty of sugar or other sweetener.

Pink Lady

This is a very unusual type of apple and one of the most expensive, They are a pinkish-red in color with a slightly tart flavor and have a very distinctive appearance. If you’re looking for something a little different for your garden this could be the one for you!


Taste wise they’re rather plain but they do have great all-round appeal. They’re a good, general purpose apple and are also great for cooking. They don’t hold their shape quite as well as the top 3 varieties so they’re not the best choice if you want to eat them raw.


This is a relatively new variety of apple that was discovered in Minnesota during the ’80s. It’s a very crunchy apple with a honey sweet flavor. It doesn’t store well so it’s only available for a short time in the fall.

Do Apples Allergy Affect People?

If you think that you might be allergic to apples, there’s no need to worry, this allergy is very rare and apples are not one of the top eight most common allergens. There have only been a couple of case studies about people who are severely allergic to apples and they needed to carry an Epi-pen device with them at all times.

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Common Symptoms of an Apple Allergy

Some of the most common symptoms of a possible apple allergy are itchy skin, asthma, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and in severe cases, anaphylactic shock, which is potentially life-threatening and can cause death. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms after eating an apple then you should see a doctor to confirm or rule out the possibility that you’re allergic.

How to Tell If an Apple Is Good

Most of the time you can tell if an apple is ripe just by looking at it and grabbing it, although some varieties do take longer to mature and will only become soft a few days before they start to rot. The best way to test an apple is to press down on the skin with your thumb. If it’s ripe, the skin will give just a little bit, similar to how a grape would.

If an apple is too soft or mushy it means that it’s past its prime and is likely to have started to rot.

A lot of people think that if an apple is green it means that it’s unripe, but in actual fact, most apples change color before they’re ripe. The green color is actually a sign that the apple has been exposed to too much sunlight before it was picked.

Apples should be stored in the fridge, but they can last for up to 2 months if kept at room temperature. If you store them in the fridge, they may keep for up to 6 months but they won’t get as soft.

The Apple Nutrition Facts

Apples (with skin), raw

Serving Size: 3.5 oz, Calories: 60, Total Fat: 0 g, Protein: 0 g, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 4 g

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Serving Size: 1 apple (312 grams), Calories: 213, Total Fat: 0 g, Protein: 2 g, Carbohydrates: 52.8 g, Fiber: 6.4 g

The amount of sugar in apples will vary a lot depending on the type of apple that you’re eating and how ripe it is. The numbers above show the nutrition facts for granny smiths which are one of the less sweet varieties. The amount of sugar in other types of apples can be as high as 10 teaspoons per apple!

In terms of nutrition, apples are very good for you. They’re a great source of fiber and Vitamin C and contain smaller amounts of several important vitamins and minerals.

The History of Apples

Apples have been grown for consumption since before Roman times and were first brought to North America by the settlers who came here on the Mayflower. The name “Granny Smith”

Sources & references used in this article:

Effects of various amounts of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus on growth and assimilation in young apple trees by LP Batjer, ES Degman – Jour. Agr. Res, 1940 –

The relationship between trunk cross-sectional area and weight of apple trees. by MN Westwood, AN Roberts – Journal of the American Society of …, 1970 –

Studies on infectious hairy root of nursery apple trees. by AJ Riker, WM Banfield, WH Wright, GW Keitt… – Journal of Agricultural …, 1930 –

Correlations of fisheye photography to canopy structure, light climate, and biological responses to light in apple trees. by AN Lakso – Journal of the American Society for Horticultural …, 1980 –



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