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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.

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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

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Best pollinator for the Lodi.
JACK W on Apr 22, 2017
These apples have a mild flavor and are good for cooking. We have enjoyed them for a number of years and our current tree is in poor condition and must be replaced.
JOHN J on Apr 10, 2017
Best pollinator for the Lodi.
JACK W on Apr 22, 2017
This was my grandmothers favorite variety. The tree is doing great in zone 5.
JANET F on Apr 19, 2017
These apples have a mild flavor and are good for cooking. We have enjoyed them for a number of years and our current tree is in poor condition and must be replaced.
JOHN J on Apr 10, 2017
These are my favorite apples for applesauce wether I can them or freeze!!
aimee h on Mar 29, 2017
Cortland apples don't brown and make great apple pies. They also have the right pollination cycle for our other apple trees. So, we decided to give it a try.
KAREN W on Mar 13, 2017
Cortland apples don't brown quickly making them great for waldorf salads.
Alan G on Feb 14, 2017
Wanted a good all around apple, and wanted it in dwarf
J H on Feb 7, 2017
My mother said that this is what she wanted for Christmas.
Annie S on Dec 6, 2016
Love the taste and firmness.
Robert E A on Oct 15, 2016
These are very good for pies and strait eating.
DONALD E on Jun 14, 2016
When we purchased our home 30 years ago, there was a Cortland apple on the property. It produced bushels of fruit and was delicious to eat fresh or for applesauce. It eventually blew over in a storm. Hope to grow another tree just like it.
BRENDA V on Jun 5, 2016
Great Pink Applesauce Apple and wonderful eating apple, crisp and tart
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
This is a great old fashioned apple with a wonderful flavor, The firm fruit makes great apple butter and applesauce. The aroma of baking apples is a favorite in the kitchen.
KATHRYN W on Jun 2, 2016
They make the best apple pies!!!
Erik L on May 25, 2016
My all time favorite Apple
Peter M on May 23, 2016
Pollinator for the Pristine Apple.
TERESA S on May 22, 2016
This is by far our favorite apple - for eating fresh and for the best pies ever! We finally have enough land to plant a few trees. Also purchased the Starkspur and the Zestar for pollination. The reviews were great on all three so I'm sure we will not be disappointed. We live in central Wisconsin and I hope they do well.
CHRISTINE K on May 18, 2016
Slower to brown, and I like Cortland apples for fresh eating.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
This is growing well even in my low ph soil and clay soil in northern ky. Dig your holes WIDE and deep and mix in some peat or potting soil along with a little sand and your top soil. My is taking off fast here in Kentucky.
PATRICK S on May 10, 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 was my grandmothers favorite variety. The tree is doing great in zone 5.
JANET F on Apr 19, 2017
These are my favorite apples for applesauce wether I can them or freeze!!
aimee h on Mar 29, 2017
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.
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
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
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.
How long does this variety keep/store after harvest?
Karen H on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 3 to 4 months in proper storage.

Customer Reviews

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One of my favorite
One of my favorite apples because they are so multi purpose. Great for eating baking freezing frying....
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
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
over 2 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
over 2 years ago
Cortland Apple Tree
My Cortland Apple Tree is looking healthy and happy. No blossoms this year but it's a bit young right now. We had a nasty winter with not much snow, unusual for normal Vermont winters, so not much in the way of insulation against the frost but this Cortland is looking fine!
June 9, 2016
1 year 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
over 2 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
over 2 years ago
Rough Start
I planted this Cortland Apple last spring and soon after we got rain for almost a month. The tree got leafs on it but they soon went black and fell off, I think due to all the wet. Once the rains stopped it got leaves on it again but soon we got a slight drought and I was watering all my trees but the Cortland didn't seem to respond too well, even with me mixing the Tre Pep in the water. this tree was the first to lose its leaves in the fall last year so I figured it would not survive the winter. Yesterday I was in my orchard and I noticed that there were nice green buds on my Cortland Apple, it actually survived the winter. I am looking forward to this summer to see what it gives this year.
March 10, 2017
1 year 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
1 year ago
Cirtland Apple
This is a great tree and is growing very well this second year.
June 9, 2016
1 year ago
Dwarf cortland
Easily planted; growing well. If I had room I'd plant another.
June 9, 2016
1 year ago
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