Wealthy Apple

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An old-American apple for the North! Compact tree bears medium-sized, green fruit with a scarlet blush. Crisp white flesh, with occasional pink flecks. Fruit is multipurpose, but shines in the kitchen in pies, crisps, and sauces. Lively vinous flavor with light, fruity tones makes for excellent cider. Antique variety, originates from Minnesota, circa 1860. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, or Starkrimson® Gala.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
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 Sprite Taste
Texture Crisp/juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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.


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

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Why did you choose this?
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hope to be lucky with apple growing in GA
Laura A on Apr 15, 2020
love this apple - old variety - tart eating and excellent pies
Margaret R on May 26, 2016
hope to be lucky with apple growing in GA
Laura A on Apr 15, 2020
Looking to replace an old tree. Nice tart, juicy apple. Very good for applesauce.
Veronica S on Mar 1, 2020
love this apple - old variety - tart eating and excellent pies
Margaret R on May 26, 2016
cross pollinator for spartan, with good characteristics
Lawrence S on Apr 25, 2016
My grandmother's first name was Wealthy
Jonathan H on Apr 19, 2016
My neighbor has this tree and it is wonderful. I've been making pies, applesauce, apple butter from these apples for years. Has never been sprayed, no insect problems of any kind, just good apples. I hope this is the correct one, I've been searching for it as she didn't know what it was. A friend from IA suggested Wealthy
Joan S on Apr 17, 2016
Because it was a tree from my husbands childhood and his mother made pies with these apples and they were delicious, but they were also good as an eating apple:)
Karen B on Apr 3, 2016
Cider fragrance.
John R on Feb 19, 2016
Looking to replace an old tree. Nice tart, juicy apple. Very good for applesauce.
Veronica S on Mar 1, 2020
cross pollinator for spartan, with good characteristics
Lawrence S on Apr 25, 2016
I have grown two apple trees from the seeds of a 100+ year old Wealthy apple tree. The tree trunks are now 5" in diameter and I have been told that I need to graft in a branch from a Wealthy apple tree to tell my tree to grow Wealthy apples. Is this true? An if so, how is this done?
Janet M on Jul 18, 2017
When you plant seeds of any fruit such as an apple, grape, pear you are getting the result of a cross of the parent pollen and flower stamen. Think of it like children. As such the children, your new trees, are not exact replica's of the parent and will be different. Some similarities but different nonetheless. If you want your tree to be a true Wealthy you will need to graft on a scion bud or stick from your original Wealthy tree. There are numerous website that go into that process on the web and its a bit of trial and error but not that difficult.

Good luck.
Could I plant a Honeycrisp tree as a pollinator?
Debra G on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Wealthy and Honeycrisp should have overlapping bloom times, so they will cross-pollinate one another for fruit production.
Is this tree diease resistant?
James h on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is resistant to apple scab, but has been noted to have some susceptibility to cedar apple rust.
How long does this variety keep/store after harvest?
Karen H on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Around 3 months in proper storage.
Is this a good pollinator for a Honeycrisp Apple tree?
Kelly H on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. If the product you inquired about can not be found in the Pollination Requirements section of the page, please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180.
I have an old Wealthy tree and am looking for one to have when this one dies.?
Judy N on Apr 20, 2020
Hi! I know this is a problem as my hardiness zone is not recommended for the Wealthy Apple tree. However, it is where I live and want very much to have an heirloom of it. I am hoping I can, with very special care an attention, I can make it grow well as a small tree. I am kin of Wealthy Hull Gideon and would love to have the connection in my back yard. What are your thoughts on this? I know it would be a challenge.
Timothy on Mar 29, 2020

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Good even when not quite ripe.
We had a Wealthy apple tree on our farm west central MN. As kids we would eat them before they got completely ripe. A nice small size. Besides their good taste, I remember polishing them to a beautiful deep red shine on my jeans. It is no longer there but there is a greening that is over a 100 years old in the orchard. The apple mom liked for pies and sauce was Dutchess.
August 4, 2016
Great old-fashioned sauce apple
This variety isn't easy to find. Great for sauce, especially blended. Tree arrived healthy and grew well first season.
May 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Wealthy Apple
Wealthy has survived its second winter doing OK here in Colorado
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Wealthy Apple tree.
The tree looks good and healthy. As with all new plants it hasn't grown much in one year.
It will take several more years to produce apples.
May 26, 2017
over 5 years ago
wealthy apple
wealthy apples are the best to make apple sauce. trees are growing well.
May 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
Wealthy Apple
Arrived in good condition but died in the ground for no apparent reason
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago