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Description

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 organic pollinators: Cameron Select™ Honeycrisp or Whitney Crabapple. Best non-organic pollinators: Stark® BraeStar™, Stark® Lodi or Starkspur® UltraMac™. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

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Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
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
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

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'

Pollination

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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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Pollination pairing
MICHAEL H on Mar 4, 2021
A good tasting apple and the pollinator for Honeycrisp
" " on Feb 24, 2021
Pollination pairing
MICHAEL H on Mar 4, 2021
Good tasting apple and a good pollinator for another variety I wanted (Yellow Newtown Pippin).
David T on Feb 24, 2021
A good tasting apple and the pollinator for Honeycrisp
" " on Feb 24, 2021
pollinator
Pamela E on Jan 30, 2021
Pollinator for other apple trees.
Terry M on Jan 25, 2021
Drove all the way to mooresville Indiana , to buy Cortland for years. Could not find trees anywhere.
Helen S on Jan 17, 2021
My favorite apple, and a good pollinator for our Macs. We had Golden Delicious, Mac and Cortland together in our previous home in PA, and they grew well and pollinated well together.
Paula M on Jan 12, 2021
cross pollinator
janet c on Jan 9, 2021
as a cross polinator
william l on Dec 28, 2020
I purchased the Cortland because I like very tart apples and needed a pollinator for my granny smiths :)
Anthony B on Dec 3, 2020
Ver good Apple. Love it.
Luka P on Nov 27, 2020
Tried this variety at a u-pick orchard and have wanted to plant it ever since. These apples could have starred in Snow White with their rosy red skin and glowing white flesh. Can't wait!
Gina M on Oct 21, 2020
Great for pies!
Jan K on Oct 21, 2020
I like a sweet Apple for eating and not hard to bite into
kathryn k on Jun 9, 2020
It was available and fits my growing zone and I like Cortland apples for pies
Claudia E on May 29, 2020
Pollinates another apple I bought
Stephanie N on May 23, 2020
Best tasting
Gerry L on May 20, 2020
Cross Pollination
Wade B on May 18, 2020
cold hardy
Suzzanne on May 11, 2020
Canning and pollinating
rebecca r on May 9, 2020
Pollinator to the Liberty.
Patience L on Apr 28, 2020
Need to pollinate a Fuji
Jeanne B on Apr 25, 2020
It???s our favorite apple by far. It is delicious!
Regina M on Apr 20, 2020
i had a tree like this in the past, and I like the white flesh that doesn't turn brown.
Diane M on Apr 11, 2020
Pollinator for our other varieties
Rob F on Mar 26, 2020
Pollinator for Cameron Select Honeycrisp. Good characteristics
Christine F on Mar 26, 2020
Lived all my life in PA and now live in MT. Cortland is the best ever and we had plenty of them in PA. Montana not so much. So now we???re going to have some, hopefully. Best baking and eating apple ever. So white and crisp. Love love!!!!
Ray T on Mar 25, 2020
My husband's favorite
Sarah P on Mar 24, 2020
Best apple ever
Edward K on Mar 23, 2020
Cider
Jessie H on Mar 22, 2020
zone 4 and I have a friend with some Cortlands who says they are good for here.
Karl K on Mar 21, 2020
A good one to add to my others
Lissa G on Mar 21, 2020
Best apple I ever tasted came from our crop of one Cartland apple before our orchard burned...
Kristen M. on Mar 21, 2020
good reveieww
paul c on Mar 18, 2020
Need a pollinator
Farrol B on Mar 14, 2020
Tastes good
Logan M on Mar 8, 2020
love the flavor
jeff m on Mar 8, 2020
old variety, pollinator
Susanne C on Mar 7, 2020
Pollinator
Bruce M on Mar 7, 2020
My ALL TIME FAVORITE APPLE!!!
Heat C on Mar 4, 2020
Stark recommended this apple as a pollinator.
Nell B on Feb 26, 2020
Need this type to pollinate the Lodi and apple sounds interesting. I am curious to try it.
Rick W on Feb 22, 2020
Pollinator for Pippen.
John S on Feb 21, 2020
AS ABOVE, THIS IS MY SECOND CORTLAND AND THE ORIGINAL HAS SOME AGE
THEODORE F on Feb 16, 2020
like making pies
PETER G on Feb 12, 2020
My second-favorite apple, after Empire.
Josie on Feb 1, 2020
Pollinator
Alan U on Jan 22, 2020
sounded like it would be good, also pollinator for the Liberty
Carmen B on Jan 16, 2020
heirloom apple
MARY C on Jan 11, 2020
Cortlands are great for eating fresh and baking. I like how they keep for a long time in the cold storage and I can use them well into the winter months.
CARMEN S on Jan 8, 2020
Good tasting apple and a good pollinator for another variety I wanted (Yellow Newtown Pippin).
David T on Feb 24, 2021
pollinator
Pamela E on Jan 30, 2021
Will a honeycrisp pollinate a cortland? Your site says a cortland will pollinate a honeycrisp but not vice versa. I see a Carolyn answered this question but I would like to hear from Starks staff before I purchase.
DENISE on Mar 22, 2020
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.
How long does this variety keep/store after harvest?
Karen H on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 3 to 4 months in proper storage.
I buy Cortland apples from local farmers that live in the same county as me, albeit a more rural area. Can I really not grow Cortland's in my zone 7A?
diane g on Oct 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Most of the descriptions I see state zone 3-6 but a few say 3-7. Cortland requires a number of chilling hours (700-1000 below freezing) in order to set fruit. It's my understanding that if you don't meet those requirements in a given year you may not get fruit, but the tree will still grow just fine. Hope this helps.
What time of the year do I prune my apple tree?
David K on Sep 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm not an expert by any means..but in Michigan it is recommended to prune
in early March.
Our apple tree which was six years old went over in a small windstorm. The tree trunk that was in the ground was rotten. What caused this?
Judith C on Jun 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Judith,
It could be a couple things... It could be due to frost if you live in a area that has frost. Or it could be to much water. I was also thinking, but not sure of...could it be the soil?
Just my opinions.
Take care
Courtland apples grow in a pot?
Kevin M on Feb 23, 2021
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
Which rootstocks are used for your Cortland apple trees?
Chip R on Feb 19, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I would like to order now if possible, but I also realize it is winter time. Living in MA I may not be able to get the tree planted until the end of March or the beginning of April. Is it possible for a delayed shippment?
Steve k on Feb 14, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.
Can you espalier a Cortland?
Margot W on Jun 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
Can you espalier a cortland apple tree?
Margot W on Jun 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
We've got an apple tree from a big box store that we bought years ago that was supposedly self-pollinating. I really like the winesap apples and no Mom always talked about Cortland's although we always had red and golden delicious. Can you recommend an all around pollinator to go with my mystery tree and eventually a Winesap, when they become available, and a Cortland?
Andrea J on May 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The best and most commonly used apple tree for pollination of all apple trees is the Golden delicious as it is self pollinating.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will a cortland pollinate both a Lodi and a Honeycrisp?
Thomas S on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These two varieties should cross pollinate as their bloom times are similar.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I am planning to order a Pink Lady. A Granny Smith, and a Cortland. Will these three effectively pollinate each other?
Susan A on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes all three varieties will pollinate as their bloom time is a Mid season.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
why are cortlands so expensive?
Robert L S on Apr 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The price you are seeing is for the Organic variety only, as that is all we have in stock at this time.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How.many years before it bears fruit?
Brock W on Apr 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We planted our Cortland apple tree in May 2018, so not quite two years ago. While the tree has developed well, its to early to expect fruit yet as growth is focused on root structure.
I live in south Alabama can I grow Cortland apples here ?
Debbie on Jan 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: ???We appreciate you reaching out to us. Enter your zip code in the My Location section found on our site and we will add a check mark by all varieties that are compatible in your zone. We make ordering easy!

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
Will the Cortland bear fruit in Burlingame, CA, zone 10A?
RICH WELKER on Dec 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No
What trees will pollinate a Cortland Apple Tree and will it pollinate them?
Doree on Oct 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Cortland apple trees bloom "Mid-Season" so you would need another Mid-Season bloomer, such as Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, etc.
Will you have dwarf Cortland available in spring?
Deborahn73 on Oct 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Deborah, I don't think we will have the dwarf size available this spring but please check back around early January to see if our inventory has updated. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I use a McIntosh as a pollinated for cortland?
Micheal D on Oct 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Micheal, The Cortland and McIntosh apple trees will pollinate each other. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
When is the best ti plant apple trees?
Tom C on Sep 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Will a Candy Crisp work as pollinator for the Cortland apple?
Larry on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Cortland is an early bloomer, too early for CandyCrisp.
do the pollinating trees also get pollinated by the other tree?
mikie on Jan 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another apple variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollinator to occur.

Also, one species cannot pollinate another; for example, a plum cannot pollinate an apple, and a pear cannot pollinate a peach. A fruit tree that requires a pollinator needs a different variety of the same species that has a similar bloom time.
I have a Granny Smith tree. Will that work as a pollinator for the cortland apple tree?
Robin N on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Cortland blooms too early to pollinate Granny Smith ... there really is no overlap.
Is Cortland a spur producing apple variety or are the fruit formed at the tips of the branches?
Ingrid M on Mar 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Cortland is a "regular" apple tree that bears at the branch ends. You can always tell if it's a spur-type tree if you see Starkspur?? in the name.
Will Jon-a-red pollinate the Cortland?
Vina M on May 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, those apple varieties will work well together to cross-pollinate and produce fruit.
Can I get my trees shipped later than April 13th. We could still have snow on the ground in Wisconsin?
Pam K on Mar 8, 2020

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Cortland Apple
I have a couple of acres and not much room for an orchard. So I could only plant a couple of selections. in the 1950's, as a college student, I worked in my uncle's orchard in eastern Illinois. The Cortland became my favorite. It was just a great eating apple. And many of our customers at the orchard really liked it too. So that is what I picked when for my new mini-orchard. I planted one last spring. It was doing great until last fall a young buck decided to clean his antlers on it and devastated the young tree. I planted another this spring and it's doing well.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
One of my favorite
One of my favorite apples because they are so multi purpose. Great for eating baking freezing frying....
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Cortland supreme dwarf apple tree
Excellent tree. Ordered the supreme dwarf. They don't look like much when you receive them bare root. Essentially looks like a 3-4 foot stick with a couple little 6 inch branches on it. Starkbros professiobal pruning on trees is just that. Planted as directed spring 2016 this tree sprouted vigorous branches and grew about 3 feet in height by fall. Pruned my 4 trees all which were ordered together In late February 2017. Have never done this before so I researched how to do it on starkbros and also other websites. Very easy and quick with a good set of pruners. Was amazed to currently have about 40 blossoms on this tree which I just bought and planted last spring. Excellent product and excellent directions from this company on planting, pruning, and caring for their trees. Will definitely be ordering more only problem is I live in a northeast PA suburb and my yard is only 1/3 of an acre and I don't have the room I wish I had to plant.
May 7, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Dwarf Cortland Apple
Healthy tree from start. Did well 1st season. 2nd season, It was full of blossoms. That lead to many apples. Of course, I picked off most but look forward to eating a few nice apples this year and hopefully see another good amount of growth to the tree!
June 1, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Great growth
Get the supreme trees, worth the extra money. They take off fast and produce earlier.
June 5, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
real nice tree
the tree has several apples growing on it this year which is the second year of growth
May 19, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Cortland Apple
The Cortland apple that I have is a replacement and was planted several weeks ago, it has leafed out and seems to be doing very well. The early planting did not leaf out this spring, Stark Bros. sent a replacement.
May 27, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Bob the Gardener
Doing very fine and we will have what looks like a half-dozen apples the second year.
June 11, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Courtland is growin nicely!
Courtland is a beautiful little tree at two years old! She leafed out beautifully this year and is right at 7' tall. She did not have any blossoms this spring, but I didn't expect any.
Pat
Laurel Bloomery, TN
May 18, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
stunted growth
other apples in the same orchard thrived but I doubt this will be back next year. limbs never developed beyond 3-4 inches
November 12, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago