The Norland apple is very cold hardy and is capable of surviving zone 2 conditions. It is an early apple that can be enjoyed before many other apples are ready. It has a great balance of sweet and tart. It is best enjoyed over a short time period as it doesn’t store well and is best harvested while it’s still firm. If harvested slightly unripe it will last for about 2 months in good storage. The best usage of these apples is cooking although they are still great eaten fresh. They make great apple sauce! The tree exhibits relatively good disease resistance. It’s bloom time is considered early to middle.
Norland was developed by the Morden Research Station in Manitoba in the 1980’s, and is a cross between ‘Melba’ and the ‘Rescue’ crab apple.
Apples are a cornerstone in cold climate fruit production. You will need 2 different varieties in order for the apple trees to cross pollinate and become fruitful. We try to focus on cultivars that are largely disease resistant, and low maintenance to allow even those without a lot of experience to successfully grow fruit. All of our apple trees are grown on full sized standard root stock of either Antonovka, or Dolgo. This means that they will grow on to become full sized trees. On average, they will take 4 to 5 years to produce apples and will continue to for many years!
|Sun Requirements||Full sun to part sun|
|Average year to bear fruit||5-7|
|Soil||prefers moist well drained soil|
|Pollination||needs two different trees to cross pollinate and fruit|