Apple Trees For Deer
We grow and sell a wide variety of grafted disease resistant apple trees for deer. When buying and planting apples trees for wildlife its very important to select the right varieties of apples trees. Many apple trees will be very susceptible to common apple tree disease. These diseases will limit your trees ability to actually carry fruit to maturity to be able to drop at the proper time.
The low maintenance grafted apple trees we grow and sell for wildlife are genetic clones of the original tree. Grafted apples trees will be fast growing apple trees and begin bearing fruit in 2 – 4 years. Below is a drop time chart giving you an excellent idea of when fruit will be falling. Our apple trees will allow you to select when you want fruit falling depending on the variety of tree you choose. Many of these apple varieties are some of the best trees grown for deer today! Click on the little blue box that says online shop to see each variety.
ANTONOVKA AND MALUS DOLGO (Standard)
The Rootstocks that your trees are grafted to are extremely cold hardy down well into Hardiness Zone 3. These are both excellent choices for wildlife trees, because they both produce a full size 20’ to 30’ tree. Standard rootstock will develop deep roots making it extremely well anchored, penetrating well into the sub soil pulling up lost nutrients.
Both of these standard size roots are adaptable to many soil types and conditions. Especially when planting in less desirable locations. Therefore these can be used in areas such as wooded food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands and ridges. Standard rootstock will also perform very well in improved soil in an orchard style setting. I am only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo and Antonovka rootstocks.
Price per tree
$23.00 - $29.00
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees will have an extensive root system and typically having multiple branches. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a diameter of 1/2” to 3/4”. Shipping height will be between 4′ and 6′ as 15 trees or less fills into a 5′ box. While 15 to 30 trees will fill into a 6′ box.
3-5′ (- 1/2” dia.) These trees will have a good root system with some possible branching. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a diameter of 3/8” to 1/2”
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This grafted apple tree is one of the best apple trees for deer! Freedom is a very productive tree that produces apples a year sooner than some of the other very popular disease resistant apple varieties. The tree you see pictured above is the same tree I use for my grafted trees. This Freedom apple tree is annually productive with an abundance of apples ripening mid-September and will be dropping from the tree in October and November with a few apples persisting into December. Hardiness zones 4-8.
This is a heavy producing grafted apple tree. Arkansas Black originated in the mid-1800S in Benton County, Arkansas. The Arkansas Black apple from my farm will give you a tree with great disease resistance. Also, an abundance of apples will be produced at a very young age. This is the earliest and heaviest producing apple tree that I have available for sale. During years with high insect pressure, the Arkansas Black apple is one you can count on to give you plenty of good tasting apples! This tree will begin dropping in very late October and continue through November. Hardiness zones 5-8
This grafted tree is better than your average deer apple! It produces heavy annual crops. Jonafree apples ripen late September, dropping through November, and a few apples persist on the tree even into December some years. It has excellent disease resistance and is a vigorous growing tree. Hardiness zones 4 – 9.
This grafted apple tree is productive producing annually. The Enterprise apple tree has excellent disease resistance, ripens at a perfect time during October, and continues dropping into the month of November. Enterprise apple is a fast growing tree with excellent disease resistance making this a great apple tree to plant for deer. Hardiness zones 4-8
This late deer grafted apple tree is one of the latest ripening apples. Gold Rush apples ripen in late October through mid-November, yet hang well and won’t be dropping much until you receive a hard freeze. The start of dropping typically occurs in late November through the first weeks of December. This tree has average disease resistance, is scab immune, and is susceptible to cedar apple rust on the leaves. Gold Rush produces abundant crops of quality, excellent tasting apples! Hardiness zones 5-8
This heavy annual producing grafted apple is really gaining popularity and living up to the recent hype! With its “Southern Roots”, many people would think that the Yates apple isn’t a good Northern apple. This tree is thriving well in temperatures down to -25 degrees, making this a solid zone 5 apple. The Yates apple tree is a heavy annual producer with great taste and is very resistant to common apple tree diseases. This tree has a great drop time of October, November, and in some years continuing well into December. Hardiness zones 5-8
This late dropping grafted apple tree was found growing in Steuben County, NY. This standard size apple is quite possibly the heaviest producing and latest hanging standard apple available anywhere today! Even after many freeze/thaw cycles through mid-February, these apples in the picture aren’t rotten and were obviously receiving a lot of attention from the local deer herd! Fruit on the ground in late winter…..invaluable! Diseases and insect pests show no sign of affecting the huge production of this tree. In fact, the Canisteo apple tree produces so much fruit that in January it’s hard to even see the wood on the branches. Canisteo trees begin dropping in January and continue into March. Hardiness zones 5-8
Plant at least 2 different apple or crabapple varieties within close proximity to each other for pollination. Grams Gift crabapple makes an excellent pollinator for both standard size apples and crabapples. Plant all apples and crabapples in moist, well drained soil with a soil pH between 5.8 – 7 with adequate nutrient levels for optimal growth.
If you have not completed a soil test and improved your soil. I would recommend mixing 1/2 to 1 ounce of 0-20-20 granular fertilizer in your soil at the time of planting. The first number tells you percentage of nitrogen contained in the fertilizer. Nitrogen applied directly to the roots of the tree will cause death to your tree, make sure the first number is zero. Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil. You can apply a small amount of Nitrogen the following year as needed. The 2nd and 3rd numbers are Phosphorus and Potassium. Apply these two nutrients at or well before the time of planting, because they are basically immobile in the soil, they will need mixed in through the soil. We recommend completing a soil test and making amendments for best results.
A minimum of 6 hours of sunlight is necessary for growth and fruit production. Space trees 20′ apart and use cages of at least 5’ to protect your trees. This will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years and not your trees this year.