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Tolman Sweet Apple

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An esteemed culinary treat. Reliable tree bears large, round fruit with greenish-gold skin, blushed red. Firm flesh is adequately juicy with appealing sweetness. Unique flavor makes for distinctive baked desserts and even pickled apples! Slight russeting is not uncommon. Antique variety, thought to originate from Massachusetts, circa 1822. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, CandyCrisp®, or GoldRush.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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.


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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
another great heirloom, distinct flavor
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
My 87 year old uncle told me about it
Thomas N on May 21, 2016
another great heirloom, distinct flavor
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
Old variety, can't buy it any more.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
My 87 year old uncle told me about it
Thomas N on May 21, 2016
Old variety, can't buy it any more.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
Will Tolman Sweet cross-pollinate with Honeycrisp?
Brandon D on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: From my experience and research I'd say no. Honeycrisp tends to be at the early part of mis season, while Tolmans are late season bloomers. You may get pollination from crabs in the area, which works better anyway. I have a Limbertwig to pollinate my Tolman, which is also a late bloomer. Last spring, the Limbertwig bloomed later in May and the Tolman didn't get leaves or bloom till almost June. The Honeycrisp in the area were more like late April.
Can a crabapple tree act to pollinate the tolman apple tree?
Debi P on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The answer is yes, presuming the crabapple has a similar bloom time. Tolman is a late-season bloomer.

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Tolman unusual taste
Tolman is one of my favorite because of its unusual taste. It has the taste and texture of an Asian pear. It looks awful, kind of green, rough, with little brown pores, so it is a complete surprise that it tastes so sweet. It seems to grow and bear okay, but it does get fireblight.
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago