Gribble Trees


  • Young apple tree 2-3 years old
  • Seedling (ungrafted) and so variable in fruit size and flavor
  • Great for experimenters, the curious, cidermakers and those that want a more natural product
  • Also great choice for feeding wildlife

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What on earth is a gribble ? The term sprung up in the countryside of old England. It refers to trees that were grown from the seeds of last year's cider pressing. Pomace, that mess of squished apples contained the seeds of many a potential apple tree. Since our pressings include hundreds of apple cultivars, the potential of variation is exciting. Add to that the fact that the apple genome boasts around 57,000 genes (double that of human beings actually), the possibilities for uniqueness are impressive indeed. All these trees are grown organically from our organic seed, and include heirlooms (some hundreds of years old), new comers, red fleshed apples, true crabs, wild local, and cultivars from distant shores. Seed also available. Please read details in seed link, since it takes special procedures to germinate tree seeds.

Available Services:

Tree Pruning
Proper pruning ensures a healthier tree, improves fruit size and increases fruit yield. Fruit trees should be pruned during winter dormancy. We’ll prune individual trees or an entire orchard.

We offer services for those who would like assistance in planting and/or maintaining trees and help with everything from staking trees to trellising grapes and berries. We will show you the proper procedures for caring for your home orchard or do the maintenance for you.

Custom Grafting
In addition to grafting the fruit trees we sell, we also offer custom grafting services. We can graft a hard to find cultivar, a reproduction from your own tree, or we can graft onto an existing tree on your property. New trees can be sent right away or grown a year here.

We do site visits, help with soil and other tests, and planning. Included are written plans for the implementation and day to day operations of your future of existing plantings. Fees vary according to the extent of the operation. Contact us for further info.

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