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Pristine® Apple

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An early summer apple! Tree bears crops of medium to large fruit with a sweet-tart taste and a crisp, breaking flesh. Fruit features canary-yellow skin with a slight pink blush. Excellent for cooking, sauce, and eating fresh. Introduced circa 1995. Disease-resistant to scab, powdery mildew, fire blight, and cedar-apple rust. Ripens in mid July. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark® GrandGala™ or Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid July
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 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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.

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.

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I enjoy growing heritage apples - they have the best taste
CHRISTINE L on Jul 31, 2016
Childhood memories of an early apple.
TERESA S on May 22, 2016
I enjoy growing heritage apples - they have the best taste
CHRISTINE L on Jul 31, 2016
Disease resistant
Elizabeth S on Jun 12, 2016
Childhood memories of an early apple.
TERESA S on May 22, 2016
Need some early apples in orchard
LARRY A on Apr 23, 2016
A very productive, early maturing, good tasting yellow apple.
Robert L on Mar 26, 2016
Disease resistant
Elizabeth S on Jun 12, 2016
Need some early apples in orchard
LARRY A on Apr 23, 2016
Pristine apple good for canning?
RMSulli on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As long as you pick the fruit when it's ripe and firm, it should make a good canning apple. If the fruit seems too soft or overripe, you're still in luck ??? Pristine makes top-notch apple sauce and apple butter that you may also can!

Customer Reviews

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Pristine Apple: Best Early Apple
I live in North Alabama. I took up apple trees as a hobby 20 years ago and have planted around 75 varieties from "old timey" heritage apples to modern disease resistant varieties. Pristine is the best early season apple I have planted. I have two trees. One 7 years old. It first produced in the third summer and has produced heavily ever since. The other tree has 5 apples set in this its second summer. The two trees are planted 50 miles apart on completely different soil. The trees grow fast and are relatively disease resistant. The apples are super crisp and taste great.
I would highly recommend it.
May 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great apples early
I planted my first tree 3 years ago. It produced after 2 years. Apples are very tasty early in the season.
June 11, 2017
1 year ago
organic apples, great producer in second year
Ordered as a early season variety. Pristine has far exceeded my expectation. It's a bit of a spindly whip for a two year old tree, but it produces apples like nobody's business. Early picks in July, just taking the last off now (August 6). 54 Apples total keep a month. A huge plus for me is that I do not have to spray this tree with anything. Lost maybe two to earwigs, otherwise this third year tree put out 50 apples, which found their delicious way into everything this summer.
August 6, 2016
Not sure this tree will make it...Planted between older trees so as to replace two next year but it isnt growing..does have a few green leaves..... Apparently muh slower growing than I remember
May 23, 2017
1 year ago
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