Enterprise Apple

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Firm and crisp, with a spicy aroma and mild tartness. Extremely disease-resistant to apple scab, cedar apple rust and fire blight; moderate resistance to powdery mildew. Keeps 5-6 months if refrigerated. Introduced circa 1993. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Midly Tart
Texture Firm/crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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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'


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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Characterized as disease resistant. I didn???t know about Apple cedar rust before I started growing apple trees! Do more home work then I did. Make sure there???s no cedars around or pay attention to buy disease resistant trees.
Tyler S on Feb 25, 2021
I hope it goes well with my other trees.
Phillip B on Feb 14, 2021
Characterized as disease resistant. I didn???t know about Apple cedar rust before I started growing apple trees! Do more home work then I did. Make sure there???s no cedars around or pay attention to buy disease resistant trees.
Tyler S on Feb 25, 2021
Late rippening long storability apple
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
I hope it goes well with my other trees.
Phillip B on Feb 14, 2021
It was recommended in the "Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide" by the Ohio State University Extension for it's cold hardiness and disease resistance. It also pollinates Honeycrisp
Karl B on Feb 4, 2021
It is disease resistant.
Betsy A on Dec 13, 2020
disease resistant
Harold E on Dec 11, 2020
Claim to be disease resistant. Highly rated.
Rolfe H on Apr 29, 2020
My zone, the description, disease resistance advertised.
Karl K on Mar 21, 2020
Heard it was a disease resistant apple tree.
Jayne C on Mar 16, 2020
I live in the South Nashville TN Cedar Rust rot is common in my area and these trees are resistant to the disease.
Jeffrey P on Mar 14, 2020
sounds like a good apple
PETER G on Feb 12, 2020
Disease resistance
Janine T on Feb 7, 2020
To use as a pollinator for Empire and Cortland, and also I assume I'll like the apple from the description. Admit I'm not familiar with Enterprise. Taking a chance.
Josie on Feb 1, 2020
Disease resistance.
RENEE K on Jan 23, 2020
Maryland extension service recommended variety
Bruce R on Jan 10, 2020
ripens late, disease resistant
Tate J on Dec 30, 2019
CARY B on Dec 16, 2019
We already have one Enterprise Apple tree and really like the versatility of the apples - great eating apples and in pies, crisps, apple butter, etc. - plus, refrigerated, the apples last for months.
ROBERTA K on Oct 22, 2019
We are setting up a small homestead and looking for apples that are disease resistant, cold tolerant and good tasting. It seems like this is a good choice. We chose several varieties and will have to wait and see how growth and taste play out.
Cheryl C on May 13, 2019
Disease resistant
E P on Apr 7, 2019
I needed a good pollinator for the Jonafree apples I ordered and Enterprise looked like a good option for our farm orchard.
Samuel C on Apr 6, 2019
Disease resistance to apple cedar rust and fire blight.Have raised them before and a very delicious apple
JOHN H on Apr 2, 2019
Disease resistance.
P S on Apr 2, 2019
This variety is a great pollinator for Liberty and both are cedar apple rust resistant.
Susan N on Mar 30, 2019
The description of the apple .
Terry C on Mar 26, 2019
disease resistance
Robert S on Mar 20, 2019
more dsease resistant
mark e on Mar 19, 2019
Enterprise Apple is resistant to fire blight and cedar apple rust. This area of East Tennessee has both problems, especially cedar apple rust. This will be my 3rd apple tree with this type of resistance and the others have worked out fine. My other two apples are Arkansas Black and Liberty plus I have 2 crab-apple trees for pollination.
JOHN B on Mar 4, 2019
Disease resistance and production.
Rich on Feb 26, 2019
Disease resistance
Maureen S on Feb 22, 2019
Disease resistance
Robert D on Feb 11, 2019
disease resistant
Virginia V on Jan 16, 2019
This will be new one for me.I go with the disease resistant
type they seem to do better in my zone The others like Jonafree and Freedom
have worked out great for me
william b on Jan 2, 2019
Disease resistant
JAMES A on Nov 12, 2018
for the cedar rust resistance
Barry on Oct 16, 2018
Cedar Apple rust resistance, and reviews
gkulus on Aug 2, 2018
Robust disease resistance and long storage time.
Renee O on Jun 17, 2018
Recommended for Missouri. Late blooming to avoid late frost/freeze. Very disease resistant. Good fresh and for cooking. Keeps 3 months or more.
Annette H on May 14, 2018
Great shelf life and disease resistance
Abby M on May 9, 2018
it is disease resistant to fire blight
sheila m on May 1, 2018
I live in Ohio and this cultivar was one suggested by Ohio State University extension. O.S.U. stated this is a good variety for in the home gardener due to it being resistant to different apple growing problems.
Doeen L on Apr 7, 2018
Disease resistance. The first year trees are growing well. All organic.
MICHAEL S on Nov 3, 2017
Recommended by MO extension for disease resistance & to pollinate Liberty apple.
Mark F on Aug 17, 2017
scab free, strong grower, early fruit production.
DENNIS C on May 7, 2017
Great flavor profile, disease resistance, late harvest
Dennis H on Apr 24, 2017
Disease resitant to apple rust, cold hardy, and stores well
Richard N on Mar 4, 2017
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
disease resistent
harlan b on Feb 28, 2017
Suitable for all uses: cooking and fresh eating. Disease resitant and good storage life. Wanted a good all prpose apple variety that was easy to grow.
Ron M on Feb 27, 2017
we wanted a tree that was disease resistant and don't want to use chemical sprays.
Bruce M on Jan 16, 2017
Late rippening long storability apple
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
It was recommended in the "Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide" by the Ohio State University Extension for it's cold hardiness and disease resistance. It also pollinates Honeycrisp
Karl B on Feb 4, 2021
Is this variety best eaten fresh or is it also good baked or in pies?
Karen H on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I consider this apple an important ingredient for my mixture of Liberty, Enterprise
and unknown heirloom varieties grown before my ownership of my home orchard. The mixture of varieties makes a sweet, crisp apple juice and apple pies every year with little maintenance needed for blight control.
I see that a Starkcrimson Gala will pollinate this variety. Will a Grand Gala work, as well?
Brett B on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry! Yes, the Stark GrandGala will also pollinate with the Enterprise Apple.
Why hasn't my dwarf Enterprise apple tree, planted MAR 2017, bloomed?
Malone C on Jul 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have planted many dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees over the years, and none of them started blooming and bearing fruit until they were at least 5 years old. Most did not start bearing regularly until they were closer to 10 years or even older, and apple trees take longer than any other fruit tree to bear fruit. I find that peaches and plums establish faster than apple trees and are usually begin producing fruit in 2 or 3 years. One thing I found that helps a tree produce fruit buds is a light application of fertilizer that is high in potassium and potash but low in nitrogen in mid summer. (July) Don't over do it! About a half cup of 5-10-10 or 5-20-10 should be enough sprinkled in a circle a few feet away from the trunk. This will help the tree to grow extra fruit buds for next spring and will thicken the main trunk and branches. It's actually better that a tree does not bear fruit too young because the young, thin branches are seldom strong enough to support the weight of the mature fruit and can be severely damaged, bent and broken. I have seen this happen on a few of my own trees. Most dwarf trees require thinning of the young fruit so they can grow to full size without damaging the tree's structure.
What are Enterprise apples best used for?
mikey on Nov 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It has a sharp/sweet taste. Good for cooking or eating fresh. Everyone has a different opinion on these. Really great for their disease resistance.
I am in 5A and ask is it safe to plant in november?
Michael on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good Morning Michael,

Yes, you can plant in 5A in November as long as the tree is dormant and the ground is not frozen. You also have to water the tree when planting so the roots take hold. Good luck.

thinking of planting these with liberty and freedom trees will they be able to pollinate each other? or do you need the listed varieties?
matt S on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These two varieties should pollinate as they are both Mid season bloomers.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Under characteristics it says 2-5 ???years to bear???. My question is whether it is from the time you receive the trees? Is it that the trees will not bear fruit until they are between the ages of 2 to 5 years. Also how old are the trees that you ship out?
Nathalie S on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our trees are 2 years of age and the time in which to bear fruit is after the tree is planted.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What rootstock is Enterprise grafted to?
Lyndsay on Apr 5, 2020
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!
When do you think you'll have Enterprise Apple Trees in Stock? Looking for the standard (not dwarf or semi dwarf) tree with no rootstock. thank you
Tony K on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. All of our trees are grafted to root-stock. Currently the sizes shown in the option menu are the only sizes we have available.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will all Gala varieties pollinate Enterprise?
Sierra T on Mar 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will.
How long does it take a Dwarf apple variety to bear fruit?
Christine on Oct 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It really depends upon the variety; the time varies a little. This tree takes 2-5. Dwarf trees always take less time to bear fruit than semi-dwarf or standard-size trees.
Dwarf apple pollinator that is also cedar rust resistant for enterprise?
Nicole C on Aug 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Freedom would be a perfect choice: //www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/apple-trees/freedom-apple
will Liberty apple and Enterprise pollinate one another sufficiently, with no others?
Arleta S on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, they will not. Liberty blooms much earlier than Enterprise, making them unsatisfactory pollinators for one another.
Is Gold Rush or Freedom a good pollinator for Enterprise?
Mark M on Apr 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Of the two, Freedom has more bloom-time overlap than GoldRush, but both can serve as pollinators for Enterprise.
Are there crabapple trees that can be good pollinators for the enterprise Apple tree?
Barb G on May 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is one the best because of the quality and size of the apples: ://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/apple-trees/whitney-crabapple
Will an enterprise cross pollinate with a honeycrisp?
Amanda on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Enterprise will pollinate Honeycrisp.
Will Red Rome serve as a pollinator for Enterprise Apple?
City-Boy on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have a similar bloom time.
Will a liberty and a Enterprise be good pollinators for one another?
Sheba on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Liberty and Enterprise apple trees will cross-pollinate one another.

Customer Reviews

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The most disease resistant
In November 2010, I planted 20 apple trees from Stark, 4 each of the Gala, Red Fuji, Grand Gala, Enterprise, and Empire varieties. The Enterprise has been the most disease resistant and requires the least amount of care. The Empire is also been very disease resistant and has been a heavy producer. The Grand Gala is delicious, but along with the Gala, subject to fire blight and requires more care.
March 10, 2016
over 5 years ago
Disease Resistant
We have fire blight bad here in central MO. and I am surrounded by cedar trees ( Apple Cedar Rust problems galore ) ....Enterprise is fighting the Cedar Rust better than any other variety I have ... fire blight is killing my pear trees but the Enterprise is shrugging it off .... I have so many apples on it right now the branches are drooping to the ground .. taste so far has been ok , not on the level of Honey Crisp but ( not yucky like those store red " delicious " apples you find in the store) . Definitely recommend if you want a true disease fighter ... I'm not a big fan of " professional pruning " though , it seems to set me back at least a year or two trying to grow branches .
August 3, 2016
over 5 years ago
The best of all apple qualities
Been to wisconsin organic orchards to see georgious red fruits en mass. Grown half dozen productive outstanding enterprise apple trees in central iowa totally organically. Firm very long keepers with perfect sweet tart balance. I tell everyone its the perfect apple and apple tree. Trust me and plant a few.
May 20, 2017
over 5 years ago
Slow growing
I purchased the Enterprise because it is resistant to cedar apple rust. I purchased the tree after going to a local orchard that already had them growing to ask questions and sample some apples. This orchard has 25 acres of enterprise because of the same issues I had with cedar apple rust on their yellow delicious.

This tree seems to grow alot slower than my others. I also grow yellow delicious, empire, johnathon and honey crisp. At the rate it's growing I don't expect to get any amount of apples for another 4 years. I planted this tree 2 years ago and it won't produce it's first apple until next year, if I even choose to allow that to happen. I want the tree to grow to a decent size before producing fruit.
June 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Growing well in low pH clay soil of central ct displays great resistance to apple cedar rust.
August 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
My favorite apple
My own Enterprise trees are too young to produce yet but are growing nicely on their 2nd year. The reason I got them is because we have a neighbor with an orchard and I love their Enterprise apples. They mature late but last better than anything else I have tried. They are crunchy and crisp and snappy and delish!
May 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
Appears to be well adapted for the humid St. Louis climate
Although I've only had the tree for two growing seasons, it is growing vigorously and has no obvious diseases (unlike a Gold Rush tree, planted at the same time, which developed cedar apple rust).

However, I did have a major problem this spring when the tree began leaning, and eventually the leader and all limbs bent towards the ground - like a weeping willow - all at deer munching height. I have never seen anything like it. I saved the tree by tying it up with bamboo canes and jute twine (to great embarassment as it is growing in my front lawn). The tree eventually recovered its strength and I removed the scaffolding.

Other than that, I have had no major problems. But think twice before planting it in a public location, as like all apple trees it requires constant care, including limb spacers and twin to train the young limbs into a correct growing pattern. Lesson learned.
August 22, 2016
over 5 years ago
Lives Up to Its Billing as Disease-Resistant and Cold-Hardy
A relative who is a farmer touted this cultivar of apple as disease-resistant, and when my family moved to Northwestern Pennsylvania, I bought one in 2006 (along with a very fine Golden Delicious) from Stark Bros. It helped immeasurably that it was advertised as cold-resistant, and it seemed a sure bet to grow in Zone 5b. It was. Upon arrival from Stark Bros, this superior specimen grew like a flash. It is not only abundant in fruit but also in beauty, and we anticipate the cloud of flowers in the spring. I still have to spray to get a full crop, which can be enormous, but even if I don't spray I still get plenty of apples from this robust tree, which is semi-dwarf but almost the size of a standard tree. And because it is disease resistant, the foliage stays green, vibrant, and on the tree through the later part of summer, when lesser cultivars are struggling to keep fungus-infected leaves on the branches. To add to all this, the apples are delicious. They're tart enough to render them a superb baking apple, and sweet enough to eat out of hand, with a fine apple flavor. My only criticism of this cultivar is that I find the skins tough. But even here, there is a silver lining--they store well. I keep them in baskets in my garage and they can sometimes be eaten as late as early February.
March 31, 2020
DESPITE NOT BEING RATED FOR NORTH TEXAS, MY TREE HAS THRIVED EVEN IN THE 100+ degree SUMMERS. Heat and disease have killed every other type of apple that I have tried here. Very heat and disease tolerant. Pollinator becomes a challenge. I use a whitney crabapple which will bear the summer heat.
January 29, 2020
Disease resistant.
This has been growing in a tub the last one and a half years and has gotten so tall, I fear it has roots out the bottom. There is no sign of rust or mold on the leaves, and it looks very healthy. The Japanese beetles don't seem to care for it either. I didn't get blooms this year due to our strange weather patterns. I'll see what it does next year.
July 15, 2018
over 4 years ago