MALUS domestica 'Fireside'
Plant Common Name
Apple, Fireside Apple, Red Eating Apple
Introduced by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station in 1943, this cross between 'McIntosh' and 'Longfield' is well worth growing for its cold-hardiness, disease resistant, and flavorful long-keeping apples. Ripening in late summer and early fall, the large conical fruits have greenish yellow skin heavily streaked and blushed with red. The pale greenish yellow flesh of this dessert or baking apple is crisp, juicy, and sweet/tart. The scab-resistant fruits keep well in storage. The vigorous upright trees are reliable bearers. For maximum production, plant 'Fireside' near another apple (such as 'Macoun') that flowers midway or late in the apple blooming season.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to oval canopy. It originates from southeastern Europe, Siberia, and southwestern Asia and has been in cultivation for thousands of years. In spring, these trees offer sweet, fragrant flowers of light pink, white or rose, and in fall reward us with crisp, juicy apples.
These fruits have a wide variety of colors, textures and flavors and may be eaten out-of-hand, pressed for cider, frozen, canned or baked in a variety of ways. There are thousands of cultivars available, including many interesting heirlooms as well as fresh new varieties. Different selections vary in height and may bear fruit in late summer or fall.
While the domestic apple prefers full sun and well-drained soil, it will tolerate light shade and bouts of drought. For best fruit production, trees must be vigorously pruned and maintained. Apples are susceptible to many pests and diseases, but resistant varieties are available.
Most apples are grafted onto rootstock that provides a wide range of benefits such as vigor, pest and disease resistance and dwarf stature, depending on the stock.