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Cortland Apple Tree

(48 customer reviews)


Begins shipping mid-April.

Pollinator required to bear fruit

Begins shipping

Pollinator required to bear fruit

Stays fresh and white when cut!

Cortland is a prolific offspring of McIntosh that bears exquisite ruby-red fruit with clean, bright flesh that is very slow to brown after cutting. Perfect for chilled salads, but also an ideal choice for crisps, pies and cider. Originated in 1898 from Geneva, New York.

Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid-September. Pollinator required: Choose another early or mid-blooming apple variety. A licensed variety of Cornell University.


Bloom ColorWhite
Ripens HarvestSeptember
Fruit ColorRed
Fruit SizeLarge
Soil CompositionLoamy
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Shade LevelFull Sun
Bloom PeriodEarly-Mid
Years to Bear2-5
Hardiness Zone Range4-6

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  3.5 – 4.5 m tall x 3.5 – 4.5 m wide (12 – 15′ tall x 12 – 15′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 3.5 – 4.5 m (12 – 15′)

Ship Height

Semi-dwarf, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Supreme Semi-Dwarf EZ Start® Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m (3-4′) Tall with advanced root system in a 12.7×12.7×30.5 cm (5x5x12″) EZ Start® Pot.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a different variety within 15 meters (50 feet) for best pollination.

Recommended Polinators: Buckeye Gala, Honeycrisp, Liberty, Royal Empire, Snowsweet, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Winter Bannana

How do I find my Hardiness Zone?

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48 reviews for Cortland Apple Tree

  1. Scott Foster

    I purchased the Cortland to cross-pollinate with the Esopus Spitzenburg and it has done the job. I planted 5 apple trees at the same time I planted this tree and it is healthier than any of those trees. Between tent caterpillar and cedar apple rust, my trees get hammered. This little guy produces more apples than any of the others I planted at this time. If you have CAR you may want to check out the LIberty apple as it is pretty hardy against the disease. I don’t spray chemicals but instead, plant for bio-diversity (Permaculture or food forest) The early years were rough on this little guy but he pulled through and produces tasty little apples.


    My second year old dwarf tree had 4 full size apples to my surprise. I did not expect any until it was 3 or 4 years old. I have bought many Stark fruit trees over the years and I was never disappointed with them. Stark trees are a good investment.

  3. Oraglo Last name

    Tree is doing well.. Survived the Winter and I believe I’ll have to wait one or two more years for it to beat fruit.

  4. Norbert Greiner

    Great apples for all purposes. Nice for eating raw, cooking or canning. One of my favorite all round ?? apples. ??

  5. Dawn shirak

    Tree had lots of leaves and took to the ground soil away. Websites was informative and was able to measure soil acidity in remote areas.

  6. Michael Hudson

    It died never came back this spring. Will Stark’s replace it. I have always had good luck with Stark’s.


    So far it is doing well and waiting for the time it will bear fruit. Allen Cheatwood

  8. Richard Cheverie

    Sadly we suffered a 50% mortality rate on the trees, which were the first losses out of more than 100 trees purchased at Stark Bros.

  9. mary rhodes

    Not sure why but four of six trees did not make it through the winter. Dug out old dirt with a backhoe and replaced it with good dirt. Planted them like the instruction said to do. I made sure they were watered thru out the summer. They all leafed out and I thought they were doing ok. Both Persimmon trees died along with two apple trees.

  10. Marie Newcomb

    I bought this last year along with two peach trees. When I checked them this week, I found the peach trees were budding and the cortland apple was not doing anything. They are all planted in the same area. I’m hoping it will come up from the ground

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