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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 mid October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious or Starkrimson® Gala.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Mid 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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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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


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
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
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
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 P 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
Previously had one before we moved. Was a super insect and disease resistant tree and produced large, beautiful apples!
Adam L on Jan 2, 2017
Recommended by growers for cider orchards.
Ronald B on Dec 19, 2016
Disease resistance
Myron J H on Dec 9, 2016
Cedar-rust resistance
Bryce E on Oct 31, 2016
disease resistant
SewLady on Oct 9, 2016
Disease resistance in a good pollinator for my pink lady...
Stephen P on Sep 30, 2016
disease resistance and taste
CRAIG H on Sep 8, 2016
disease resistance
John G on Sep 7, 2016
Multi-purpose apple with disease resistance.
Martin R on Jun 6, 2016
A good choice for the home gardener.some what resistant to apple scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight and mildew
RYAN S on Jun 4, 2016
Disease resistant! I don't have a lot of time to "care" for my apple trees, and so I needed one that would pretty much grow on its own. I love that my kids can enjoy the apples without the use of pesticides and other sprays! Great tree. Thank you!
Ellory S on May 26, 2016
I won't be around forever , but I'd like to know if this tree will grow, even without sprays, after I'm gone :-)
Helen K on May 25, 2016
disease resistance and crisp
martha w on May 3, 2016
good disease resistance, size, flavor and storage
Robert M on Apr 11, 2016
Does well in our community orchard -- particularly due to CAR resistance.
Sarah R on Apr 5, 2016
My boyfriend has an enterprise here in southwest Ohio. It produced a ton of apples last year. I processed a couple of bushel baskets of them into apple butter and apple sauce and did not see a single worm. He never uses any chemicals on this tree. They are completely organic. And, they are very tasty.
terri s on Mar 24, 2016
Late ripening date
MARK G on Mar 22, 2016
Already have one, and need more like it.
Martha A on Mar 10, 2016
Disease resistant
E P on Apr 7, 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
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.

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: //
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: ://
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 3 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 4 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 4 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 3 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 4 years ago
Growing well in low pH clay soil of central ct displays great resistance to apple cedar rust.
August 3, 2017
over 3 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 3 years ago
Apple Lover
The tree arrived in good condition, did well over winter, and is doing well this spring. Looking forward in years to come to enjoy the fruit of my labor.
May 7, 2017
over 3 years ago
Disease Resistant and healthy
I haven't had flowers or fruit yet. But, this tree has already shown to be hardy and disease resistant in my community orchard. It has had good growth and withstood difficult growing conditions of clay-like soil and a dry St. Louis summer.
May 3, 2017
over 3 years ago
Great apple
This little apple grew fast. It made huge rootball the first summer and now it looks healthy and has lots of new branches, no fruits yet.
June 20, 2018
over 2 years ago