All Apple Trees
Apple trees are the most widely cultivated fruit trees and Ornamental trees has a large selection of both eating and cooking varieties. Apple trees are part of the Rosaceae family, also known by the Latin name, Malus domestica.
Apple trees are native to Central Asia and there are now more than 7,500 known cultivatars of apples. In 2010, an estimated 69 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide, with almost half of these being produced in China.
Apples often appear in religious/cultural traditions and mythical stories as a magical or forbidden fruit.
Folklore and mythology
- In Germanic paganism, the Goddess Iðunn is said to have given apples to the other Gods to bless them with eternal youthfulness.
- In Greek mythology, the apple was considered to be sacred to Aphrodite, and throwing an apple at someone was to symbolically declare one's love; catching the apple was symbolically showing acceptance of that love.
- Christian traditions believe that the fruit Eve gave to Adam in the Garden of Eden was an apple - in the story the apple symbolises knowledge, immortality, temptation, the fall of man into sin, and sin itself. The phrase Adam's apple comes from the idea that the forbidden fruit got stuck in the throat of Adam.
- In the past, it was said that if the sun shines through the apple trees on Christmas Day, it will be a good summer the following year.
- At Halloween, young girls used to put an apple under their pillow to give them dreams of their future husband.
- An apple used to be placed in a room when someone had small pox. It was believe that if the apple went mouldy then the small pox had been transferred from the patient into the fruit.
- During the Jewish New Year celebration of Rosh Hashanah, apples are eaten with honey to symbolise a sweet new year.
- “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”
- “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread”
- “An apple a day, no doctor to pay”
- “An apple a day sends the doctor away”
Some apple trees are self-fertile whereas others require a pollination partner to produce fruit. Family trees are an alternative option for smaller gardens when there is only space for one tree. Family apple trees produce more than one variety on the same tree, therefore, making them self-fertile.
Apple trees produce fruit from late summer to early autumn and are available in pot-grown form for planting year round. The final height and spread depends on the variety, as does the preferred exposure and soil type, however all apple trees require at least one pruning every year to encourage a good crop.