Granny Smith Apple Tree

Product Description

Simply irresistible! If you love a tart apple, or just enjoy one with good storage and a variety of culinary uses, Granny Smith Apples are the perfect apple tree variety for you.

This classic favorite features sweet, tart, firm, crisp fruit chocked full of vitamins and antioxidants. Originating in Australia around 1868, Granny Smith Apples are perfect for almost anything: meals, snacks, or desserts, cider or juice, apple pie, and sauces. The juicy, white flesh with lovely, green skin (occasionally with a subtle, pink blush) is likewise energizing, with a crisp, tart flavor. Granny Smith Apples’ high acid content make them long-lived, meaning they won’t go brown as quickly once cut, so they’re perfect for fruit trays and salads.

This deciduous apple tree has a long growing season and ripens in early November, is self-fertile but does best with a pollinator such as: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, or Fuji. Granny Smith apple tree requires 400 chill hours and prefer well-drained soil. Enjoy delicious tart apples in the first year from this young apple tree.


Check out our Apple Tree Grow Guide!


Botanical Name

Malus 'Granny Smith'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 8-15 ft
Mature Width 8-15 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Edible fruit within 1st year
  • Disease and pest resistant
  • Delicious, crisp, tart apples
  • Self-fertile

Shipping Info

Once your Granny Smith Apple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Golden Delicious Apple will grow best in an area with full sun. Early morning sun is especially important as dew can have a negative impact on the tree if allowed to linger. Locations with good airflow are best. They require well-drained soil, as their roots should never remain soggy. Regular watering is necessary until established during their first planted year however.

The Golden Delicious Apple is self-fertile so it needs no pollinator to produce its delicious fruit. Planting another variety, such as a Red Delicious close by will cause multiplied fruit production if desired however.

Prune selectively in the late winter to facilitate growth of a balanced, strong framework, maintain shape and to remove tightly packed limbs that may hinder airflow through the tree’s canopy.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Golden Delicious Apple Tree, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!


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