Firecracker Red Flesh Apple Tree ™
This little apple is a real blast! You will love the intense, sweet-tart flavor of the Firecracker Red Flesh Apple Tree ™ and its striking, deep red flesh. Resembling a miniature Red Delicious, Firecracker ™ is a great apple for salads, desserts and juice. A naturally dwarf tree, Firecracker™ produces abundant crops and should be hardy to minus 40° F.
Enjoy these unique, red-fleshed apples in your yard or landscape. They bear abundant crops of fruit, which makes a tasty and attractive addition to salads, are good for baking and make delicious pink applesauce and juice. Of course, they are also great for fresh eating too. Fine ornamentals as well, they are prized for their beautiful pink flowers.
Latin Name: Malus domestica
Site and Soil: All apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock. Regular apple trees grafted on M-7 rootstock wiill grow 12-16 ft. in height. Crabapples, Columnars, Espaliers, and Combination Apples will be smaller. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils.
Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. Crabapples and Columnars will likely be smaller. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: All apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set.
Hardiness: Firecracker Red Flesh Apple Tree ™ should be hardy to minus 40° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-12 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Mid-September
Yield: 30+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Firecracker™ can be affected by Apple Scab. Apple Scab is especially a problem in regions with wet springs, like we have in the Pacific Northwest. While it doesn’t seriously affect the eating quality of the fruit, it can cause black spots on the apples and foliage. Apple Scab can be controlled by sulfur and other sprays. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 3
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones