The RubyRush™ apple is a cross between two popular apple trees widely planted for wildlife Enterprise and Goldrush apple. This apple tree has excellent resistance to apple scab, FireBlight, and Cedar Apple rust in a no-spray situation. The fruit is crisp and great for fresh eating on the way to the stand or feeding wildlife as this fruit ripens and begins falling in October and continues into November here in Pennsylvania. RubyRush™ is vigorous and maybe too productive as it can go into bi-annual bearing if not thinned. However, I will take a disease-free apple falling at the right time (Oct/Nov) on my properties and as many as possible. RubyRush™ is suitable for plant hardiness zones 4b-7. Mature height will be 20’+—plant Hardiness zones map.
Only available in 2-yr trees.
The RubyRush™ apple is a cross between two popular apple trees widely planted for wildlife Enterprise and Goldrush apple. This apple tree has excellent resistance to apple scab, FireBlight, and Cedar Apple rust in a no-spray situation. The fruit is crisp and great for fresh eating on the way to the stand or feeding wildlife as this fruit ripens and begins falling in October and continues into November here in Pennsylvania. RubyRush™ is vigorous and maybe too productive as it can go into bi-annual bearing if not thinned. However, I will take a disease-free apple falling at the right time on my properties and as many as possible. RubyRush™ is suitable for plant hardiness zones 4b-7. Mature height will be 20’+. Plant Hardiness zones map.
The RubyRush™ Apple is made using plant tissue from the original tree and attaching it to the new roots. This process essentially gives you an identical tree to the one you see in the picture and description. RubyRush™ is a patented cultivar; the royalty is included in the price of the tree.
RubyRush™ Apple tree sizes
2-yr 4-6′ (5/8”-3/4” dia.) These two-year-old trees will have an extensive root system and can have multiple branches with a diameter of 5/8” and greater. We will be pruning the trees back to a shipping height of 66” with the roots. Our largest box is 66″x 14″x 15″ and will hold 15 of the 2-yr trees. Free local pick-up is open to the surrounding states of Pennsylvania.
The RubyRush™ apple is grafted onto Dolgo roots. This rootstock is an excellent choice for wildlife trees because it produces a full-size 20′ to 30′ tree. Producing a full-size tree for wildlife means much more fruit on a given tree. Malus Dolgo rootstock will develop deep “Real roots,” making the RubyRush™ apple exceptionally well anchored, penetrating well into the subsoil, pulling up lost nutrients, and making the RubyRush™ apple drought tolerant. This process makes Malus Dolgo roots an all-around excellent rootstock for wildlife plantings.
This standard-size rootstock is adaptable to many soil types and conditions, especially when planted in less desirable locations. Therefore, with its full Vigor, it can be used in wooded areas and is now food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands, and ridges with the proper improvements to the soil. Malus Dolgo rootstock will also perform well in improved soil in an orchard-style setting. We are only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo roots grown in a given year. When grafting onto the top 30% of seedlings, you get a rootstock about 40% more vigorous than many clonal stocks used for wildlife trees. Malus dolgo is a crabapple rootstock and is very precocious, with many trees producing very quickly.
You can also select to have RubyRush™ grafted on EMLA 111, a clonal rootstock. This rootstock will reach a mature height of around 20′, anchors well, and grows well from zone 4b-8
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR RUBYRUSH™ APPLE
Plant at least one apple, apple Crab, or crabapple variety near the RubyRush™ apple tree for pollination. Don’t overthink pollination and plant multiple trees of different names/cultivars in the same location. Planting multiple trees of the same species but with different names will cover the flowering groups and provide adequate pollination for your trees. Plant your RubyRush™ Apple tree in moist, well-drained soil with a pH between 5.8 and 7 and adequate nutrient levels for optimal growth.
If you have not completed a soil test, click here and improve your soil. I would highly recommend doing so. However, if you are not going to, I would recommend mixing 1 ounce for every three sq ft of 0-20-20 granular fertilizer in your soil at the time of planting. The first number tells you the percentage of nitrogen contained in the fertilizer. Nitrogen applied directly to the tree’s roots will cause your tree’s death. Make sure the first number is zero. Aged compost is also appropriate when applied in the correct amounts.
Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil, and you can apply a small of nitrogen the following year. The 2nd and 3rd numbers are Phosphorus and Potassium. Apply these two nutrients at or well before planting because they are immobile in the soil. They will need to be mixed in through the soil. We recommend completing a soil test and making amendments for the best results. We recommend applying 1 lb of 10-10-10 for every inch of diameter in the spring of the following year and each year after planting.
RubyRush™ Apple requires 6 hours of sunlight for growth and fruit production. Space trees 20′ apart and use at least 5′ cages to protect your trees. This process will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years, not your trees this year.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 2 – 8 will begin again in mid-March on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (you select your ship date) and continue until the last Monday in April. Dormant bare-root trees must be planted in the spring, while trees in your area remain dormant. You can select your ship date as you checkout on the website. If you are picking up your trees, typically, the last week in March or the first week in April is perfect for planting in Pennsylvania. We have opened up the free local pick-up to the surrounding states as it could be more cost-effective if you order more than 30 trees. You can select your pick-up date on the website as you checkout. Please call or message us to make an appointment to pick up your trees if you can not make the date you selected.
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2-yr old 4-6' (+5/8''dia.)
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