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Smokehouse Apple

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Reliable and productive. Precocious tree produces pleasant dessert apples with a red-striped skin tinged with yellow. Flesh is firm and juicy, perfect for fresh eating, cooking and baking. Lively flavor makes for excellent cider. Good keeper in proper storage. Antique variety, originates from Pennsylvania, circa 1837. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, CandyCrisp® or Empire.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Juicy
Texture Firm; Very 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

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
good reviews and unique taste
Greg S on Oct 3, 2018
Early and prolific bearer. Good tasting apples. Easy to grow.
Joel L on Jan 5, 2017
good reviews and unique taste
Greg S on Oct 3, 2018
best tasting apple in the world
Michelle B on Jan 22, 2017
Early and prolific bearer. Good tasting apples. Easy to grow.
Joel L on Jan 5, 2017
best tasting apple in the world
Michelle B on Jan 22, 2017
Can this variety be pollinated by a pear or crab apple tree?
Izzy H on Sep 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 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 (many are self-pollinating) needs a different variety of the same species that has a similar bloom time. A white-flowering crabapple like Chestnut will be a fine pollinator for Smokehouse.
Is this apple resistant to cedar rust?
Richard on Jul 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It has some susceptibility to apple scab, but moderate resistance to cedar apple rust.
Can a Smokehouse Apple tree be cross pollinated by a Wealthy variety?
Wilburn P on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Both trees blossom about the same time, so there should be no problem.

Customer Reviews

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It gave me apples the ONE YEAR after I planted it!
I planted this tree in May of 2014. Last year, one branch gave me APPLES! Now, to be fair, I had to cut most of them off because they were too heavy for the very young branch, but we got about eight wonderful apples off of a tree I had just planted 16 months before! This year, it has grown tremendously and I'm hoping to again get apples from it this year. This is a beautiful tree and the apples make wonderful applesauce!
May 6, 2016
over 5 years ago
Smokehouse apple - semi-dwarf
This is the only semi-dwarf tree I have purchased. I usually get standard trees, because of the abundance of deer in the area. This tree actually had two clusters of blossoms on it just after I planted it last year. I pinched them off, to let the energy go into establishing the tree. It arrived i good shape, and is thriving after a year.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Smokehouse sapling
Tree is a year old and growing very well, especially in comparison to other varieties bought and planted at the same time.
May 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
Tree looks wonderful
I planted one of these in the spring of 2016. It took well and is now in its second season still growing and taking shape.
September 2, 2017
over 3 years ago