Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Rosales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Maloideae or Spiraeoideae
Tribe: Maleae
Genus: Malus
Species: M. domestica
The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. Apples grow on small, deciduous trees. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists




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.


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