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Won’t turn brown! This productive tree bears gorgeous ruby red apples with a snowy center that won’t brown in salads. Also perfect for pies and cider. Originates from Geneva, New York in 1898. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid September. Best pollinators: Stark® BraeStar™, Stark® Lodi or Starkspur® UltraMac™. A licensed variety of Cornell University.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid-september
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 6

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 6
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Related Assortments

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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My most favorite apple ever
Cheryl G on May 2, 2016
MOST favorite!
Charles N on Apr 26, 2016
My most favorite apple ever
Cheryl G on May 2, 2016
This is a old longtime favorite that I have grown for many years and I am hoping that this tree will produce the flavorful and abundant fruit as my last Cortland.tree.
George E H on Apr 30, 2016
MOST favorite!
Charles N on Apr 26, 2016
Prefer them to other zone 4 varieties for baking.
Scott F on Apr 25, 2016
Good for pies.
Miguel R on Apr 18, 2016
We like Cortland apples but our Cortland that was bought elsewhere is not healthy. We've had good luck with Stark trees so we purchased this one to replace the other tree.
Karen A on Apr 12, 2016
I like my apple pies to have a tangy flavor to them. Whereas, Granny Smith can bring the tartness I desire, they just don't have a very bold apple flavor. Several years ago, I wanted to try a crock-pot apple pie recipe I found, but only had Cortlands on hand. How fortunate! The pie turned out to be the best apple pie I have ever had; so sweet, so tart and tangy, such delicious apple flavor. Now, I won't use any other apple for my apple pies! Also, Cortland is a great multi-variety pollinator.
Jona D on Apr 12, 2016
My absolute favorite apple for baking and eating.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
Looks wonderful and would be a good pollinator.
Angela G on Mar 17, 2016
one of my favorite apples, needed good apple for mid-Sept window in my home orchard
Edgar B on Mar 13, 2016
My favorite apple
GEORGE R on Mar 13, 2016
I had Cortland apples for many years and this winter decided to replace them with younger trees
Charles W Coles C on Mar 6, 2016
My favorite apple and Cortland apples are the best tasting and the best for cooking. Besides, it's the only apple my Grandmother ever used. How can she be wrong?!
Karin P on Mar 2, 2016
Liked the tree I had 15 years ago.
RONALD B on Feb 20, 2016
This is a old longtime favorite that I have grown for many years and I am hoping that this tree will produce the flavorful and abundant fruit as my last Cortland.tree.
George E H on Apr 30, 2016
Prefer them to other zone 4 varieties for baking.
Scott F on Apr 25, 2016
How long does this variety keep/store after harvest?
Karen H on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 3 to 4 months in proper storage.
This doesn't list the freedom apple as a pollinator, but the Freedom apple lists Cortland as a pollinator? If I buy the Cortland and Freedom, will they pollinate each other? Also, is the Cortland disease resistant at all?
Nola D on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are many more pollinators for apple trees than what we can list here. Fortunately, Cortland and Freedom work well together to cross-pollinate in both directions. Cortland doesn't exhibit any distinctive disease resistance.

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Cortalnd Apple
Very happy with this purchase. This is their third year with that and we are hoping to get an Apple soon. The tree is very healthy and looks very nice and would recommend buying
May 4, 2016
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I've purchased many apple trees over the years from As always, this latest delivery of barerooted Cortlands arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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