Trust Apple Tree- Zone 5
Characteristics of the tree
The Trust apple is large (about 9cm on average in diameter, weighing 200g) and attractive in appearance. Its skin is a uniform, shiny dark red in colour. The skin is moderately thick, and the flesh is white, firm and very juicy. The flavour is well balanced between sweet and tart, slightly more on the sweet side. It measures 14 Brix. This apple has the perfect texture for baking in pies, and it is also great for fresh eating. The Trust apple is harvested in mid-September and can be stored until the end of November.
The Trust apple tree is hardy in zone 3, and you can depend on it to give good harvests every year. We have noticed slight susceptibility to scab and to fire blight.
The Trust apple tree originated from Sainte-Julienne, Quebec. When we discovered it, we asked its owner, a seventy year old woman named Miss. Hetu, if she knew how old the apple tree was. She replied: ‘It was already there when I got married. The ex-owner, Mr. Patry, planted it. Believe me, I have made tons of apple pies with its fruit for more than 50 years. If you want apples, take them all. Me, I need rest now!’ We then named it Trust as we just discovered an apple tree we could trust, the one that gives apples every year.
The apple trees we produce are grafted on standard-sized rootstock, so they are ‘full-sized’ apple trees (as opposed to dwarf or semi-dwarf). The life expectancy of this type of apple tree is around 100 years. The illustration shows different stages of its growth up until the age of 20 years (as one rarely plans a landscaping arrangement with a longer time period in mind). At 100 years old, the apple tree will be even larger than shown here – it can reach 7 m in height and spread over 9m – while the house might no longer exist!
You should note that this illustration is meant only to give a general indication of what you can expect, and the growth of your tree might look somewhat different. The development of a tree depends on the soil type, irrigation, fertilisation and climatic conditions. What we show here is based on our observation of observations of the growth of apple trees in zone 4, in rather poor soil. In zone 2, growth will probably be slower, while in a rich soil it would be faster.
All our apple trees are sold bare-root, without pots. They have been cultivated directly in our soil. Bare-root trees must be taken out of the ground and shipped during their period of dormancy, which is why we only ship trees in the spring. A big advantage with these kinds of trees, is that they take up very little space, and can therefore be easily shipped by mail all over Canada!
This photograph shows a 2-3-foot apple tree, just like one that you might receive. Depending on the height you choose at the time of purchase, the tree might be a little smaller (1-2 feet) or somewhat taller (3-5 feet.)
All our apple trees are grafted on standard-sized rootstock, which we grow ourselves at the nursery. Trees that are grafted on standard-sized rootstock will become full-sized apple trees (as opposed to dwarf, or semi-dwarf.) While the life expectancy of a dwarf apple tree is only about 20 years, full-sized apple trees such as those we propagate have a lifespan of around 100 years. We believe it is of the utmost importance to plant for future generations, which is one of the main reasons we prefer these kinds of trees.
Besides this, standard-sized apple trees also have many other qualities that set them above dwarf and semi-dwarf trees in our view. For example, their deep and well-developed root systems allow them to draw water from deep underground during periods of droughts. They are more vigorous and resilient, which in turn also makes them more disease-resistant. They are very hardy, and last but not least, much more productive!
To learn more about grafting and the role of rootstocks, see our article here!