Trees on M26 Apple Rootstock – EMLA 26 grows 8-12 feet tall, is very winter hardy, adapted to most soils, and well anchored though may need staking on windy sites. Extremely vigorous for a dwarfing rootstock, trees on M26 also begin bearing early and produce few suckers.
Choosing the correct rootstock can be the difference between a tree thriving or dying on your site. Rootstocks not only determine the overall size, vigor, and precociousness of a tree but also what soil types it can grow in, its drought tolerance and how well anchored your tree will be. Now you can propagate your own fruit trees for very low costs or preserve rare and heirloom varieties by grafting them onto to resilient rootstocks. Be sure to check compatibility of your desired scion with your choice of rootstock.