Grandpa's Nature Friendly™ Varieties
Avoid spraying as much and grow more organically with these varieties.

Cold Hardy Varieties

Many of Grandpa's cold hardy varieties are really considered antique or heirloom varieties, while others are of the "newer" sort.   Grandpa feels that most of these hardy varieties should grow well in Zones 4 or colder, but care needs to be taken in selection, culture, and maintenance, since in the colder zones, cold weather extremes and quick changes in the weather can kill even the hardiest varieties.  Mother Nature can deal hard blows at unexpected times!

All varieties of Apple and Pear should be able to be shipped to all states except HI.  We cannot ship any stock to CANADA or outside the USA.

Due to phytosanitary restrictions and concerns Grandpa will not accept orders or ship any Peach, Nectarine, Cherry, Plum  or other Prunus species or stonefruits to CA or HI and the following counties in Colorado---Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mesa, Rio Grande, Saguache Counties.  We may limit shipping of certain varieties to the following states---  ID, OR, WA--- depending on their source and virus-free certification status. We cannot ship any stock to CANADA or outside the USA.

Note:  Planting a variety outside of its normal Hardiness Zone will void our normal replacement policy.  Please be careful in your selections!

A B C D E F-G H I J-L M-O P Q R S T U-Z ALL
Alderman hybrid Plum

Alderman hybrid Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus hybrid 'Alderman'

Alderman is one of the nicest hybrid, hardy plums.  The fruit is large, dark-red skinned with amber flesh and firm.  It keeps well.  Ripens in mid-season.  Pollinates best with Superior, Toka, or Bubblegum Plum®.


BlackIce Hybrid Plum

BlackIce Hybrid Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus hybrid 'BlackIce'

BlackIce™ is a brand new variety that exhibits great cold hardiness and California-type plum qualities.  It ripens early in the season, is medium size with dark red skin and red flesh.  Flavor is excellent.  Pollinates with ot


Boskoop Apple

Boskoop Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Belle de Boskoop'

Boskoop has been a well known and favorite old all purpose apple in England for years.  It has large, greenish-yellow fruit with red blush.  It is crisp and tangy and highly aromatic.  Great for dessert, cooking and baking.  It


Bubblegum Plum(R) Hybrid Plum

Bubblegum Plum(R) Hybrid Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus salicina hybrid 'Toka cv.'

The Bubblegum Plum(R) is known for it's unique flavor when properly ripe.  When Grandpa first tried it, it took him back to the good old days when he was a youngster and chewed plain old bubble gum!  That's the


Connel Red or Red Fireside Apple-SALE PRICED

Connel Red or Red Fireside Apple-SALE PRICED

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Connel Red (Red Fireside)'

Connel Red is a red sport of Fireside.  It has large, round, solid red fruit with has a sweet, mild and aromatic flavor like Fireside.  It is great for eating and cooking.  It stores well into the spring maintaining its crisp juicy


Cortland Apple

Cortland Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Red Cortland'
Cortland is an old-time heritage apple that Grandpa grew up with. Cortland is large, and round and similar in looks to McIntosh, but its flavor is very distinct. It is fiarly crisp and juicy, but is not a

Duchess Apple

Duchess Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Duchess'
Duchess is a very old heritage variety that is still a treat in the early summer. It is a good cooking apple, but just ordinary for fresh eating. Duchess is a medium to large, greenish yellow apple with bright red striping and splashes. It has rus

Empire Apple

Empire Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Empire'

The original Empire is one of the best eating apples you will find. Only medium in size, it is a steady bearer on grower friendly trees. The red fruit has a McIntosh-Jonathan like look. The flavor is excellent with white flesh. The


English Morello Tart Cherry

English Morello Tart Cherry

Botanical Name: Prunus cerasus 'English Morello'
English Morello is an antique tart cherry variety known for its cold hardiness and heavy cropping. Its medium size cherries have dark red flesh and juice. It is very productive and ripens about 10 days after Montmorency.

Fameuse Apple

Fameuse Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Fameuse'
Grandma's most wel remembered apple as a little girl was Fameuse or as it is commonly called, Snow Apple. It is a very old heritage variety known for its hardiness, good flavor and eating quality, and late summer, early fall ripening time. Th old-t

Flamin'Fury(R) PF- 24C-

Flamin'Fury(R) PF- 24C- "Cold Hardy" Peach

Botanical Name: Prunus persica 'Flamin'Fury(R) PF- 24C- "Cold Hardy"'

Flamin'Fury® PF 24C-Cold Hardy Peach is touted by its breeder as being one of the most cold hardy and frost resistant peaches he has ever seen. It has attractive large, red fruit that have excellent flavor and quality.  We


Frostbite™ Apple SALE PRICED!

Frostbite™ Apple SALE PRICED!

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Frostbite™'

Frostbite(TM) was just recently named by the University of Minnesota.  Known as MN 447, it is an older cultivar that has been used as a parent in the breeding of other successful U of MN apple varieties.  Because of its u


Grandpa's Golden Rezista®

Grandpa's Golden Rezista®

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Grandpa's Golden Rezista®'

Grandpa's Golden Rezista® is an attractive yellow-green apple. It is a high quality dessert apple, with a very unique lemony, spicy taste unlike any other. The fruit is finely textured and very juicy. The medium large size frui


Grandpa's Rome-like Rezista®

Grandpa's Rome-like Rezista®

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Grandpa's Rome-like Rezista®'
Grandpa's Rome-like Rezista® is an attractive bright red and yellow bi-colored apple. It is large in size. The fruit is finely textured, juicy, and sweet tart with a slightly spicy taste. It stores and holds well on and off the tree. Harvest in e

Green Gage Plum

Green Gage Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus domestica 'Green Gage'
The Green Gage plum has been an American favorite since the time of Jefferson. It's yellowish-green fruit is small to medium and oval in shape with a juicy, smooth texture, amber flesh. Considered the ideal dessert plum, it is also good cooked, canne

Hardired Nectarine

Hardired Nectarine

Botanical Name: Prunus persica 'Hardired'
Grandpa's Choice™ Hardired nectarine ripens in early August with a smooth skin that is 90% red. It has yellow, freestone flesh that has good texture and flavor. The tree is vigorous, very productive, and resistant to brown rot and bacter

Honeycrisp™ Apple

Honeycrisp™ Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Honeycrisp™'
Grandpa's Choice(TM) Honeycrisp(TM) is the current "star" of the apple industry and with consumers. It is "explosively crisp" with an unbeatable sweet, juicy flavor. It is naturally large and will color well in cooler climates. Color can ra

Honeygold Apple

Honeygold Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Honeygold'
Honeygold is a great substitute for Golden Delicious in colder, northern areas where it is much more hardy. It is reported to be able to withstand -50 degreesF with little winter damage. It is medium to large size, with a golden to yellowish green

Idared Apple

Idared Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Idared'
Idared is an excellent apple that is quite like Jonathan in flavor, but its flesh is crisp and white. It has a sweet-tart flavor and is very juicy and flavorful. It has a pinkish red color with a little striping. It can be used for all purposes and i

J. H. Hale Peach

J. H. Hale Peach

Botanical Name: Prunus persica 'J.H. Hale'
J.H. Hale is still an excellent flavored, freestone, eating and canning peach. It ripens quite late, with Elberta. It has large, golden yellow fruit with a carmine overlay. The flesh is fine and deep grained and hangs and keeps well.

Jonamac Apple

Jonamac Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Jonamac'
Jonamac is an excellent dessert quality apple ripening about a week before McIntosh, which is one of its parents. The fruit is very similar in appearance to Mac, but is more highly colored and firmer. Eating quality is superior to Mac. The fruit i

Jonathan- Red Jonathan Apple - SALE PRICED

Jonathan- Red Jonathan Apple - SALE PRICED

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Jonathan'
Red Jonathan hardly needs a description since it is one of the most popular heritage apples in the Midwest. Crisp, slightly striped, but mostly red, juicy and sweet tart. One of the best varieties for pies and sauce. Our strain is highly colored and

Kaga Hybrid Plum

Kaga Hybrid Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus hybrid 'Kaga'

Kaga is an excellent pollinator for other hybrid plums.  The fruit is purple-black and about an inch in diameter.  The flesh is meaty.  A dense, bush like tree.


LaCrescent Hybrid Plum

LaCrescent Hybrid Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus hybrid 'LaCrescent'

LaCrescent has small tender yellow fruit with a slight red blush.  The flesh is yellow, freestone and melting. It was a sweet aromatic flavor with a hint of apricot.  Good for eating or jam.  Ripens early and needs other hybrid poll


Liberty Apple

Liberty Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Liberty'
Grandpa's Nature Friendly™ Liberty is very similar to appearance to McIntosh, but its flavor is more tart and its flesh is crisper. It has a flavor all its own. It is a good dependable choice for any backyard orchard because it is high

Lodi Apple

Lodi Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Lodi'
Lodi is an older variety that was introduced to replace Yellow Transparent, which it resembles somewhat in appearance and season. It is a good early season apple for pies and sauces, but as a dessert apple it tends to be very tart and has been known

McIntosh- Red McIntosh Apple

McIntosh- Red McIntosh Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'McIntosh'
Grandpa's Choice™ Red McIntosh is one of the all-time favorites for some people. Red McIntosh is an early season apple with very aromatic, flavorful, white, juicy flesh. It is somewhat firm, but only will keep for shorter periods during

Montmorency Tart Cherry

Montmorency Tart Cherry

Botanical Name: Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'
Grandpa's Choice™ Montmorency Tart Cherry has long been recognized as the standard of the tart cherry industry. The fruit is bright red, medium in size and have a clear, juicy flesh. The trees are self-fruitful, winter hardy, very produc

Mother Apple

Mother Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Mother'

Mother is a rather large dessert apple that was once very popular.  It has a distinct, spicy, balsamic, sweet-acid, aromatic  flavor.  Its flesh is creamy yellow and juicy.  It ripens in mid-season, but doesn't store particular


Parker Pear

Parker Pear

Botanical Name: Pyrus communis 'Parker'

Parker Pear is very hardy and ripens in early September in mid-season.  The fruit is medium-large, yellow-bronze with some red blush.  The flesh is fine grained, tender, sweet and juicy and the visible grit cells soften with maturity.


Pembina Hybrid Plum

Pembina Hybrid Plum

Botanical Name: Prunus hybrid 'Pembina'

Pembina is a very hardy, early blooming plum that is a good pollinator of other early bloomers like Pipestone and Alderman.  The fruit is small, red, yellow fleshed and clingstone.  Good fro fresh eating, but fair for other uses.  A


Red Rome Apple

Red Rome Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Red Rome'
Grandpa's Choice(TM)" Red Rome is an old time favorite for cooking, baking, cider and drying. Rome is a medium to large size apple, with all red skin, and very firm, hard, white flesh. It ripens late in the season. Its fresh flavor is appre

Smokehouse Apple

Smokehouse Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Smokehouse'

Smokehouse is a rather flattish, red-striped, yellow apple with tender, firm, yellowish, very juicy flesh.  It has a flavor like fresh cider.  Itr is very good for cooking, baking, and eating.  It is a long-term keeping lasting into


State Fair Apple

State Fair Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'State Fair'

State Fair is a very high quality late summer apple ripening in mid-late August.  The medium sized fruit is brilliantly striped orangish-red over a yellowish background color.  It has a creamy flesh that is juicy, sweet, firm and aromati


Sugar Prune Plum (European)

Sugar Prune Plum (European)

Botanical Name: Prunus domestica 'Sugar'
Sugar Prune is an old-timey European prune. It is only medium size, with reddish purple fruit and greenish yellow flesh. It gets its name by being so sweet and highly flavored when ripe.

Supermont Tart Cherry

Supermont Tart Cherry

Botanical Name: Prunus cerasus 'Supermont'

SuperMont™ Tart Cherry is a larger version of the standard Montmorency cherry.  It is approximately 30% larger fruit, but with the same qualities and ripening season.


Sweet Sixteen Apple

Sweet Sixteen Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Sweet Sixteen'
"Sweet Sixteen is a popular apple for very cold northern regions. It ripens in early fall, just ahead of Honeycrisp™. It is crisp and juicy with an exotic yellow flesh and a very sweet, unusual sugar cane or spicy cherry candy flavor. The fru

Tomkins County King Apple

Tomkins County King Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Tomkins County King'

Tomkins County King is a very large apple that has proven good for all uses from dessert, pies, sauce, cider and drying.  The fruit is smooth, yellow with an orangish red, and some striping.  The flesh is yellow, tender and course, but h


Valentine Apple

Valentine Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Valentine'

Valentine is an old Canadian prairie apple that is very hardy.  The fruit is greenish-yellow with a red flush.  The flesh is rather coarse but has an excellent taste and is good for fresh eating or cooking.  Ripens in the early mid-


Veteran Peach

Veteran Peach

Botanical Name: Prunus persica 'Veteran'
Veteran peach is a "old-timer" well known for its extreme cold hardiness, even in the chilly Midwest areas where peaches are hard to grow. It is an excellent canner as well as an excellent tasting fresh eating peach. Its is a medium large, golden y

Wolf River Apple

Wolf River Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Wolf River'
Wolf River apples are enormous, often weighing 1 pound or more. It has a pale red color over pale yellow skin and soft, tender, slightly mealy, creamy white flesh. Excellent for baking whole and drying. Resistant to scab, mildew, fireblight and cedar

Yellow Bellflower Apple

Yellow Bellflower Apple

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Yellow Bellflower'

Yellow Bellflower is a fine winter dessert apple.  It is lemon-yellow with white russety dots and a slight pink blush.  The fruit is usually large, elongated and sometimes lopsided.  It can bruise easily.  The creamy flesh is c


Zestar!® Apple --SALE PRICED!

Zestar!® Apple --SALE PRICED!

Botanical Name: Malus domestica 'Zestar!®'
Grandpa's Choice™ Zestar!(R) is a rather new variety that is gaining in excitement. It is an early season apple with excellent, dessert quality. It is very crisp and juicy with an abover average sweet/tart flavor. This apple is 60-85% re