Fireside Apple Tree (Malus ‘Fireside’)
Fireside Apple Tree
You’ve probably heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples have the (deservedly) good reputation of being a healthy snack. But sometimes…well…you want lots of sugar and cinnamon with a shot of ice cream on the side!
Fireside Apples (Malus ‘Fireside’) have been a staple in bakery pantries since 1943, so they have stood the test of time as the perfect Apple for sweet dessert dishes.
Pies and baked goods, preserved, juiced or fresh, these are incredibly enjoyable and versatile fruit!
This easy-to-grow Apple tree is enjoying a resurgence in home gardens because of its sweet taste and because it doesn’t even shudder at bitter-cold winters. (It is a Minnesota native after all.)
The red and yellow fruit take on more and more red and yellow stripes as they mature. Ripening in early October right when a gooey apple crisp would be so welcome as you warm up by the fire. (Maybe that’s where the name came from?)
Spring brings a lovely display of pink buds that burst open into beautiful white blooms that are fragrance pollinator magnets!
These firm, red striped apples are medium-sized and easy to pick. They eat great fresh-out-of-hand with their juicy-sweet taste so they make for great family picking in the fall.
The tree itself is perfectly sized for the backyard garden, but it does need a pollinator to produce at its best. You’ll want to pick another early or mid-season variety like Honeycrisp, Jonathan or Golden Delicious Apple varieties.
Prune smaller or even as Espalier if desired for a unique focal point tree! The spring blossom explosion is reason enough to place this specimen tree front and center in your property!
Tolerant of urban conditions and some pollution, these make great trees for any property site. Create rows of these lovely trees for property definition and privacy that your neighbors won’t mind.
Dual-purpose and edible landscaping has never been so easy! Ornamental enough to beautify your landscape, hardy and functional, plus fresh apples straight from the tree providing your family healthy food grown on your terms!
Fantastic patio shade tree and anchor to larger planting beds, these are beautiful trees with spring blooms, handsome summer foliage, fall color and of course, those delicious red gems that will be dangling in autumn!
Perfect apples for all the reasons you’d want a sweet apple for! Juice it and turn into cider, make preserves, chutney for canning, blue ribbon pies and baked goods, or serve up with a nice cheese and wine tray around the fire!
All fruit trees do need full sun for the most blooms and therefore most fruit. Cold hardy in growing zones 4-7, they prefer an organically rich, well-drained soil to grow in with a good layer of mulch over the root system to insulate and retain moisture.
While adult trees are drought-tolerant, you shouldn’t let your investment suffer too long without water. You’ll have increased yield and juicy fruit with a consistent watering cycle.
Prune if needed to control the shape. These have shown great resistance to cedar apple rust and don’t mind city and urban environments.
Low chill hour requirements despite its tolerance of cold winters, Fireside needs 400 hours of cold to fruit.
|Common name||Fireside Apple Tree|
|Botanical name||Malus 'Fireside'|
|Harvest time||3 - 5 Years|
|Height||15 - 18 ft.|
|Width||15 - 18 ft.|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|
|Flower color||White, Pink|