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. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
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
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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

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Size, early harvest, disease resistance.
Mary L on Mar 7, 2021
disease resistant and early bearing
James M on Feb 4, 2021
Size, early harvest, disease resistance.
Mary L on Mar 7, 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
disease resistant and early bearing
James M on Feb 4, 2021
cedar blight resistance
REBECCA S on Jan 13, 2021
Chose this for its cedar rust resistance
Julie S on Jan 13, 2021
Early Apple
MICHAEL T on Jan 7, 2021
Looking for a pollinator.
Les W on May 23, 2020
Disease resistant
Brent S on Apr 5, 2020
You were out of stock on Freedom apple. I need a rust resistant apple to complement my Liberty and Enterprise trees. I also like the earlier ripening.
William P on Mar 17, 2020
I had a tree and loved them. It got girdled, very sad!
Darrah W on Feb 29, 2020
Disease Resistance
BRAD K on Feb 12, 2020
Hardy and yellow
Janine T on Feb 7, 2020
Summer apples for deer
Gary G on Jan 10, 2020
I enjoy growing heritage apples - they have the best taste
Christine 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
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
cedar blight resistance
REBECCA S on Jan 13, 2021
Can Pristine be pollinated by GoldRush, Jonafree or Enterprise?
Jeanette M on Dec 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: GoldRush and Enterprise yes. Jonafree I dunno
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!
What can you pollinate this tree with?
mkschneider on Apr 1, 2020
Are the leaves on this Pristine Apple actually dark colored like they are presented in the photo? Or is it a filter? The image results on Google for this variety look nothing like the example photo in regard to leaf coloration.
M Faustini on Mar 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. I would assume this, there may have been some filtering applied to the photo to make a better quality image, however, the leaf color is a result of the trees overall health and can become this dark green if fully healthy.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I have a Red Rome Beauty apple tree. Will it pollinate Pristine apple?
Patricia B on Apr 6, 2020

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 6 years ago
Now in its second season in-ground (grew in a pot for 1 season) and still a baby/whip, but so loaded with fruit this spring I had to thin them. I purchased on dwarf rootstock and am honing my grafting skills to make a multi-graft tree. It does show a few CAR leaf spots, but disease burden is very heavy in my area. Picked my first ripe apple from it today (July 22) after watching it turn from green to yellow - crisp, crunchy and just the right tart-sweet ratio. The apples are on the smaller side, but that might be because my tree is so young...?
July 22, 2018
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
over 4 years 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
Pristine Apple
I'm cursed with a black thumb as 90% of my new plants slowly wither away. To my great joy my Pristine Apple immediately put on many new branches and leaves and is thriving!
June 6, 2019
over 2 years ago
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
over 4 years ago