|Subfamily:||Maloideae or Spiraeoideae|
Apples are grown from seed. It takes several years to go from the seedling stage to an apple producing tree. Most people let the garden nurseries start apple tree seedlings and nurture them to a size that can be transplanted to your garden. Then, people buy small trees that are a couple of years old from their local garden store. When growing apples, plan ahead. If you buy a small tree, it will take about 3 years to get your first fruit.
There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown worldwide, with China producing 41 percent of the fruit. The United States is the second largest apple producer.