Apple Trees – Small Fruit

Q: Eight years ago I planted seeds from a Pink Lady apple. The biggest tree is ten feet tall and has hundreds of blossoms. The apples are tasty but they are the size of peas.

A: It sounds like the original ‘Pink Lady” tree’s flowers were pollinated by a crabapple, yielding the apple from which you saved seeds. Crabapple trees are commonly used in apple orchards because they produce very large quantities of pollen over a long period and are compatible with most apple varieties. You’ll have an attractive tree but the fruit will likely never be bigger.