Apple Tree identification

whitedog2000July 28, 2008


I moved into a house out in the country in eastern Iowa that was built in 1867. In the front yard, there is a hugh apple tree that is putting out hundreds of apples. The tree is about 30-40 feet tall, and the apples are green and some have small portions of a reddish color. I was hoping someone could help me learn how to identify what type of tree it is. The tree looks pretty old. I can show some pictures on my personal web site if we are not able to attach pictures here. Please let me know what you would need to see in the pictures.

Thanks in advance.

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Here is a link to some pictures....

Thanks for taking a look....

Here is a link that might be useful: Apple Pictures

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 11:03AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Is that a link to some virus or something? Sure doesn't look like it's going to have anything to do with apples!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 3:22PM
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no, the site is fine. It's a domain I bought years ago and is hosted at


    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:13PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

OK, sorry. That domain name just seemed a little fishy and I don't see that many links to personal domains posted here for pictures. I jumped the gun.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 4:28PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Whitedog, I'm not sure if it's gonna be very easy to ID an apple tree without more than just those pictures, but your best bet would probably be to post the pictures in the Fruit & Orchards Forum. There are a number of members over there that I never see in this forum that live and breath apples and fruit trees.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fruit & Orchard Forum

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 8:01PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I got the pictures, showing a big green squat apple - maybe something like 'Granny Smith'. Your best option would be a fruit show being held in your area, although if the fruits are coming on now (too early for 'Granny Smith') they will probably be over before any shows that might be held withing reasonable driving distance were to occur this year. Perhaps you could get some fruits to last long enough in cold storage to be used. Try Iowa Cooperative Extension for information about fruit shows.

If this comes to pass take at least 6 fruits in to be examined and identified.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 8:07PM
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Dibbit(z7b SC)

If there are any orchards in the area, you can also try taking several apples to the orchardist, to see if they have any idea. If there are any long-time neighbors around, they might also know, through talking to the previous owners, and maybe getting apples from the tree. If you are near a college or university with a pomology (may not be the right word - someone who is expert in fruit trees) department, or orchard dep't, you could go ask there, apples in hand. Your local county extension agent may know or be able to tell you where to go for further info.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 10:02AM
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