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Tolman Sweet Apple

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Description

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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
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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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.

Pollination

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
Heirloom variety provides consistent harvests, great taste fresh or baked in a pie.
David S on May 13, 2020
It is a very versatile fruit.
Melody F on May 12, 2020
Heirloom variety provides consistent harvests, great taste fresh or baked in a pie.
David S on May 13, 2020
I have an ancestor with that name. I like to think they had something to do with it. I also like the apple itself.
NANCY C on May 12, 2020
It is a very versatile fruit.
Melody F on May 12, 2020
as a pollinator
BRIAN C on May 11, 2020
late bearer
Suzzanne on May 11, 2020
Selected an October ripening apple tree to go with the September ripening apple trees. Have a gala, mac and honey crisp and needed to replace another apple tree.
Jim F on Apr 13, 2020
Gift for my sister in North Carolina.
Melissa V on Apr 6, 2020
My husbands name is Tolman....never see the name....so we will add this variety to our yard.
Carrie R on Mar 30, 2020
I liked the description.
Kimberly on Mar 6, 2020
This is an addition to my heirloom apple orchard.
stephanie d on Apr 15, 2019
I planted a new community orchard and the people who contributed wanted a variety. I chose to plant apples that would be hard to find in stores.
DERYK W on Sep 11, 2017
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
I have an ancestor with that name. I like to think they had something to do with it. I also like the apple itself.
NANCY C on May 12, 2020
as a pollinator
BRIAN C on May 11, 2020
i bought a gravenstein semi dwarf. is a tolman sweet a good pollinator?
FRED H on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes these varieties are both mid season bloomers and will cross pollinate with one another.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will Tolman and Black Arkansas Apple trees act as pollinators for each other?
Trudy on May 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These two varieties should work together for pollination as their bloom times are similar.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do you have crabapple trees for sale?
Lola J on Mar 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we have several. You can see them here; just click on any image for details: //www.starkbros.com/tags/crabapple-trees
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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
One of the best tasting apples our family has eaten.
This apple tree has been growing in our Zone 3B yard x 5 years. It grows an applie that has a great flavor mix of a sweet pear/apple taste with the texture of an apple. The skin is thin. The flesh has low acidity, is quite firm, not incredibly juicy, but very sweet. This is one of our favorites.
March 17, 2019
Best quality trees
I'm writing this review not for just this apple tree, but all the other trees I have ordered from Stark Brothers. I have ordered over 50 bareroot trees this year. The trees I received from Stark Brothers have been the best quality trees I have received. Thanks Stark Brothers for a good quality tree. G. Cashwell
March 11, 2020