Apple Flower with Honey Bee Photo by Sarah Masterman
All of the apple varieties included in this web site grow in orchards around Fairbanks. They are known to survive the winters and fruit regularly here.  This site includes information on the rootstock as well as the apple Hardiness, fruit characteristics and storage time. 
There are photographs and descriptions of most varieties on the apples, pears, and plums pages. Much of the information is copied from sources included on the links page, but augmented with Fairbanks specific observations. If you have any photographs,  information or experiences you'd like to share, please email us and we'll include them. The more knowledge and experience we can gather together in one spot the better off we will all be. 

The apples range in size from apple-crabs about 1 ½ to 2” in diameter, up to full size apples. Some are better for eating fresh, and others for cooking. Some store well and others don’t. Not all these varieties will survive in all locations in Alaska, so please see the page on hardiness to determine which apples to grow in your location. For comparison, our orchard is at about 750 feet in elevation, faces west and is about 10-15 degrees warmer than the Fairbanks airport. Most of these varieties are doing well in our orchard. Our coldest temperature for the past 6 winters is -40 F.

We have included some information on planting and caring for your trees. This is the very basic planting and care information. There is much more detailed information available in books and over the internet.

Shafer 2012

"Every day is a good day to plant an apple tree"

"The best time to plant an apple tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is today!"