Gravenstein Apple

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Also called gråsten apple

Outstanding-quality dessert apple. Vigorous tree yields crops of medium fruit with red-over-green skin and creamy yellow flesh at maturity. Remarkable flavor when eaten fresh. Holds its shape when baked and makes excellent sauces. Antique variety, originates from Denmark, circa 1797. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart, Juicy
Texture Firm, Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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

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

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?
Stark Bro's Store
size and taste
jim r on Apr 7, 2021
Because I like these apples
Jens Ingemann J on Mar 12, 2021
size and taste
jim r on Apr 7, 2021
Wanted a tree that was good for making pies.
Claudia S on Apr 4, 2021
Because I like these apples
Jens Ingemann J on Mar 12, 2021
Best Apple for pie and good for my zone
Bonita U on Feb 4, 2021
Nice heirloom
raymond k on Jan 30, 2021
good memories of Gravenstein apples growing up in Oregon. They make the best ever pies
Susan M on Jan 4, 2021
replacing same due to lighting strike!!!
martin b on Dec 13, 2020
Requested by daughter
James A on Dec 11, 2020
My favorite apple. I just wish it was a full sized variety.
Hobby on Dec 1, 2020
I don't have one
Old Coot on Jun 6, 2020
Quality heirloom apple. One for home and one for the farm orchard.
David S on Jun 5, 2020
Described as being tart and juicy, perfect for cooking and eating fresh.
Mariann P on Jun 5, 2020
Starter trees for my new homestead and they were a great deal
Casey S on Jun 4, 2020
long time favorite dessert apple - from multiple sources
will use for table and my goat silvopasture
Tim S on May 24, 2020
While volunteering, met a women who had Gravenstein growing up on her northern iowa farm and loved the apple.
Leonard L on May 12, 2020
My absolute favorite all around apple!
Elizabeth B on May 6, 2020
Lacy R on Apr 30, 2020
Great for pies.
Michael M on Apr 19, 2020
Rebecca M on Apr 19, 2020
I personally think they are the best pie and sauce apples available.
Deanna B on Apr 8, 2020
I need a good pie and sauce apple.
Michael J on Apr 8, 2020
I have a Zestar apple tree that I need a pollinator for. Also, this is my childhood apple tree.
Lisa P on Apr 1, 2020
Grew up picking Gravenstein Apples. Best pie apple ever.
Diane E on Mar 30, 2020
Heirloom variety
Lauren P on Feb 29, 2020
Looking for a tart apple, with Granny Smith being out of stock.
Camille H on Feb 25, 2020
Because it???s a good fresh eating apple and hardy for zone 8
Daphne A on Feb 3, 2020
They are the absolute best tasting apples, a little tart, make the best apple pies and apple sauce.
Cannonball on Jan 22, 2020
Know it from New Zealand and would like to try it here in Texas
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
This is a great all around apple. Good for eating, pies, and applesauce.
Valerie V on Jan 3, 2020
best apple from Sonoma County, CA; hoping it will produce in Central CA with special attention
NANCY J on Oct 8, 2016
Sounds fun and like the Danish Heritage
JOHN L on May 5, 2016
Heard it was a great tasting Apple. Wanted to try it out.
Andy L on Apr 17, 2016
I bought this with KinderKrisp and Red Rome Beauty. Looking for a more of a tart apple to go along with the sweeter KinderKrisp. It was another tree that pollinated with Red Rome Beauty.
Joshua W on Apr 6, 2016
Absolute favorite pie Apple!
Wendy C on Mar 4, 2016
Wanted a tree that was good for making pies.
Claudia S on Apr 4, 2021
Best Apple for pie and good for my zone
Bonita U on Feb 4, 2021
Can the Gravenstein apple be cross-pollinated with any other types besides Golden Delicious, Jon-a-Red, or the Rome Beauty? I've already got a Granny Smith and a Honeycrisp.
Jackie B on May 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. It will pollinate with any variety that is a mid season bloomer.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I espalier a combination apple tree?
Ofelia D on Apr 27, 2020
Do you have any fruit trees that have not been grafted? Thank you
Kathy B on Apr 11, 2021
BEST ANSWER: All of our fruit trees are grafted to help insure success.
Tip bearing or spur bearing? Is it triplod?
Katherine M on Apr 3, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Gravenstein is a triploid variety, so it needs two separate compatible apple varieties nearby. So consider planting several good early/mid-season pollinators nearby - a crab-apple would be ideal. And interesting enough Gravenstein is both tip-bearing and spur-bearing.
would these be shipped balled or bare root?
Mark M on Aug 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We only ship potted plants in trees in our fall season. It would arrive in a 4x4x10 pot with soil around the roots.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will 2 of the same variety work for pollination?
Shannon D on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another apple variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.

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.

Customer Reviews

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Stunning tree!
I purchased this tree because my husband grew up with them and Gravensteins are his absolute favorite. Now they are my favorite too. Not to mention that it is the most beautiful tree in my orchard.
June 4, 2017
over 6 years ago
One of my favorite apples.
Thank you for carrying the Gravenstein apple.
I planted one at my previous address. The tree was very vigorous and started producing the 3rd year. It has a variable harvest, which frustrates some, but I look forward to because I have apples to use over a 4-6 week period. Great apple for pies or eating out of hand. Which to me, is a perfect apple! :)
August 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Gravenstein Apple
The tree is doing well, and I look forward to apple in 2-3 years time.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Looking Good!
This is our second year and our Gravenstein Apple is looking great. At our elevation of 8,000 feet in Colorado we are very happy and greatful. We came from Oregon and had an small orchard with 2 gravensteins which were by far our favorite Apple. We are looking forward to our first apples here in Colorado!
June 11, 2017
over 5 years ago
My husband's favorite apple
I ordered these Graventein Apple trees for my husband and this apple is very hard to find in the stores and that it has such a short production period. Thus far, we haven't been disappointed with Stark's plants. The trees are growing like gang busters and can hardly wait to enjoy the fruit.
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Love this type of apple!
We had an old Gravensteins apple tree in our first home in an old community started back around 1900, growing wonderfully! Can't wait till it bears fruit!
May 12, 2017
This tree is doing just fine. I grew up with two of these, and recall that it is superior fruit for pie, baked, or just eating. My new tree has bloosomed this year, but I don't really expect any fruit this soon.
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Great tasting raw, for applesauce, and pies
I love this apple. It came as in good time, was pruned, and had an apple my first year. These apples make the best apple pies and a great fresh. Last year i pruned as suggested, and had 6 apples. It grows quickly.
January 24, 2017
Adapting the Gravenstein Apple
The tree arrived in great condition and is thriving a year later. Very pleased. The only issue I had within the first year was adapting the tree to Ohio's wet spring weather. The foliage developed a severe case of powdery mildew and had to be treated. This year it appears to have acclimated and is doing very well.
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Great little tree!
Tree arrived very securely packaged, and roots still damp. Followed the instructions closely, and now the tree is in the ground, and looking beautiful! Small, but pruned so we'll, and already producing gorgeous green leaves.
Excited to see what next year holds for us!
June 10, 2020