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Apple Trees

Growing your own apple tree can be easy, affordable and fun. We offer a huge selection to suit a wide range of climates, environments and spaces. This includes cold-hardy, easy-care, dessert and antique varieties, along with other exclusive apple trees you won’t find anywhere else. Each will produce bushels of healthy, flavorful apples that can be eaten fresh off the tree, stored for later, or used to make pies or ciders. You can’t beat the superior homegrown taste — or the savings — you’ll enjoy if you plant one of these trees instead of making countless trips to the grocery store.

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Apple Trees

Buyer's Guide

To ensure your growing success and satisfaction, there are a few things to consider when you buy an apple tree.

Mature Tree Size

Make sure you pick the right size tree for your available space. When our apple trees mature, they will be one of four sizes:

  • Columnar apple trees mature to be about 8-10' tall, but only 18-24" wide. This makes them perfect for growing in containers on balconies and patios.
  • Dwarf apple trees mature to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Even though they are smaller, they produce an abundance of full-size fruit.
  • Semi-dwarf apple trees mature to be about 12-15' tall and wide. They offer maximum fruit yield per sq ft.
  • Standard apple trees mature to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. They are perfect if you have a large space or want a multi-purpose shade tree.

Starkspur® Apple Trees

Maximize your fruit production by choosing a spur-type apple tree. These trees have up to twice as many fruiting spurs as other trees, which means more apples per tree.

Zone Compatibility

Your climate plays an important role in whether an apple tree will be successful. Make sure the hardiness zone range of the tree you choose includes your area.

Proper Pollination

Pollination by a different apple variety is key to the success of most apple trees. Often, its absence is why trees produce poorly or don’t bear fruit. Be sure to check the description of your tree to see which pollinators our experts suggest.

We do grow some self-pollinating apple trees, but we still recommend planting a second apple variety in your yard for optimum fruit production.

As a note, we generally recommend planting a Golden Delicious apple tree within close proximity of any apple tree, because it is widely considered to be a universal pollinator for other varieties.

Shipping Information

Our apple trees will be shipped to you as bare-root trees (without soil) to ensure good contact with your garden soil. These young trees arrive in a dormant (resting) state and will spring to life soon after planting. They are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter when shipped.

Upgrade Option

If you would like a head start on growing an apple tree, upgrade to one of our top-grade, robust Stark Supreme Trees®, which are hand picked by our team of experts. They are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter when shipped.

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We have some big news...We're joining with Stark Bro's!

Dear Friends,

I'm very excited to announce that after 75 years, Miller Nurseries will now become part of Stark Bro's, a highly respected nursery company that's been "growing" their famous legacy since 1816.

Who is Stark Bro's?

For nearly 200 years, Stark Bro's has been producing high-quality fruit trees, berries and garden plants for gardeners like you. With their great nursery stock and expert advice, they've been helping generations of families reap not only the rewards of growing their own fruits and nuts, but to enjoy huge savings in the process. Stark Bro's has a long-standing reputation for quality, honesty and really taking care of their customers.

When my brother David passed away suddenly last spring, I knew it was time to retire. One of the first things I did was to call Cameron Brown, the president of Stark Bro's. He is a long-time friend and a very trustworthy fellow, and treats his customers like gold. I knew he would take care of you in exactly the same way. David would have liked this arrangement, and I take comfort in that.

What's going to happen to Miller Nurseries and my customer account?

It's only going to get better as part of the Stark Bro's family. You'll now be able to come here to StarkBros.com and sign in with your existing username and password, and purchase products just like you did on the Miller Nurseries website... only the selection will be much larger! You'll still be able to buy Miller's familiar "Canandaigua Quality" hardy plants as well as the enormous assortment of trees and plants Stark Bro's offers.

We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our family, our wonderful employees, and especially you - our loyal customers - for your support and patronage over these last 75 years. Thank you for being such an important part of our heritage.

Warm regards,
John Miller, CEO
Miller Nurseries

Which option is best for me?

Bare-root Trees

Trees that are shipped without soil to ensure good contact with soil in your yard. When shipped, they are about 3-4' tall with 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. When they mature, they will be one of three sizes*:

Dwarf

Matures to be about 8-10' tall and wide. Provides an abundance of full-size fruit.

Semi-Dwarf

Matures to be about 12-15' tall and wide. Gives maximum fruit yield per square foot.

Standard

Matures to be about 15-25' tall and 20' wide. A multi-purpose fruit and shade tree.

Stark Supreme Tree®

Top-grade, bare-root trees that give you a head start on growing. When shipped, they are about 4-5' tall with 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.

EZ Start® Potted Trees

Trees in bottomless pots that allow some roots to be air pruned, so that a dense mass of productive, feeder roots can grow within the pot to make transplanting easier. Mature sizes vary. When shipped, they are about 1-2' tall.

Select EZ Start® Potted Trees

Top-grade, potted trees chosen to give you a head start on growing. When shipped to you, they are about 3-4' tall.

*Tree sizes may vary by variety. See our Growing Guide for details.