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Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple

Malus 'AK-98'

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Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple (Malus 'AK-98') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple fruit

Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple fruit

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Group/Class:  Urban Series

Description:

A crisp, hardy yellow-green apple with a tangy flavor; growth habit is very compact and columnar; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, needs well-drained soil and full sun

Edible Qualities

Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple is a large shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces large chartreuse round apples (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with white flesh which are usually ready for picking from late summer to early fall. The apples have a tangy taste and a crisp texture.

The apples are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Features & Attributes

Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple features showy clusters of lightly-scented white flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy chartreuse apples carried in abundance in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Urban Tangy Green™ Columnar Apple will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features

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