ISLE OF SKY -- Custom Graphing

Including the list of current apples available


I recommend Dwarf trees because of their ease of care and protection as well as their ability to be grown in very limited spaces or large containers.

Dwarf trees are much easier to protect from freezing conditions, extreme heat, wind, hail, pests and animals.  Dwarf trees do equally well living in large containers or in the ground when planted and cared for properly*, and they begin to bear fruit much more quickly than standard and semi-dwarf trees.

*  Be sure to check out my Tree Planting and care instructions.  Though most varieties of apple trees require another variety for pollination, some are self-pollinating.  It is often possible for me to graft a second variety onto an existing tree.

The ROOTSTOCK dictates the size of the TREE, NOT the size of the APPLE.  There are close to 5,000 varieties of apples worldwide, and all have their own unique characteristics.

I do grafting from January through March.  I can make custom trees for you or I can come to your healthy, existing tree and graft on other varieties of the apples of your choice.  Though grafting is not 100% foolproof, I have a very good success rate.  I graft custom trees when ordered and then grow them in containers here in the Nursery at White Oaks.  They are ready for pick up and planting after Labor Day in September.  Many people visit their trees here during the summer to watch their progress.

Custom-made trees are a unique and wonderful gift for anyone of any age.  Grafting a custom tree from an old family heirloom tree is a living legacy to hand down to future generations.

I use the following proven, hardy Rootstocks
unless otherwise specially ordered.

EMLA 27 is very hardy and can be maintained at only four to six feet in height.  It is ideal for containers and very small yards.

Budagovsky 9 or BUD 9 is very hardy and can be maintained at six to ten feet in height.  It is suitable for large containers or small yards and espaliers.  This is one of my favorite rootstocks.

Though the above rootstocks are all hardy to -35 and below, remember that apple trees benefit from staking and protection from freezing after bud break in the spring when flowers and young fruits are vulnerable.

For higher elevations, I recommend varieties that tend to bloom later or bloom several times in order to avoid late freezes.  Early blooming varieties should be selected if you live in an area of milder winter and spring weather.  Some amount of freezing weather is necessary for successfully growing apples. 
When in doubt, ask me for suggestions.

I do not bother grafting any variety I do not enjoy eating, so you may assume that any variety I offer is good.  I love apples and grow varieties I think have the best qualities.


I take orders for custom grafted trees until February.

Please order your trees early as many rare varieties are in limited supply
If you want me to make copies of your favorite old tree,
it's important that I cut the scion wood early in winter.
Please schedule well ahead!

PRICING -- To come to your location and graft, cut scion wood for making copies of your tree(s) and/or doing pruning work, I charge $25 per hour, including driving time one way from White Oaks.  For 6 hours or more, the charge will be $20 per hour.

Custom grafted trees start at $48 for one tree.  For over ten trees, the price is $45 for each tree.  Rare varieties are priced according to individual variety as well as the availability of scion wood each year.



Please remember that some very old and rare varieties sell out fast and may not be available
by the time you order.  Have a list of alternate choices or allow me to make some recommendations. 

Some of the following varieties could be limited by the time you order,
so please do have second choices.

Arkansas Black  Arkansas, prior to 1886 -- It has a strikingly dark blackish red fruit.  Its crisp flesh and sharp flavor improve in storage -- it keeps all winter and ripens very late.

Ashmead's Kernel  England 1700 --
This is a very hardy old English Winter Russett with greenish yellow fruit with a brown flush.  It is crisp, juicy, sugary, aromatic and has an intense flavor with lingering blossom scent.  It ripens late and has good disease resistance.

Golden Delicious  Virginia, 1912
-- A widely adaptable, early bearing golden apple with a crisp, juicy, sweet and distinct flavor.  It is self-pollenating and a wonderful pollenizer for other varieties in that it blooms over a long period.  Do not confuse this delicious apple with the bland grocery store version!

Holstein  Germany, 1918 -- A vigorous growing dessert apple that is the progeny of Cox's Orange Pippin.  It has a firm, juicy flesh and delicious aromatic flavor.  It has a yellow fruit with reddish orange blush.  It is not a pollenizer, so it requires one.

Maiden Blush  New Jersey 1817 -- This is one of the oldest American apples and is a hardy, vigorous grower.  It has a smooth, waxy yellow skin with crimson blush and crisp, tender white flesh.  It's good for fresh eating, cooking, drying

and making cider.

Moses Wood  Maine 1847 originating on the farm of Moses Wood -- It is a light yellow with pink blush and red striping.  It is a vigorous and hardy tree with sub-acid, fine grained, tender and juicy flesh.  It is good for eating and cooking.

Northern Spy  New York 1800 -- This is a vigorous grower with greenish yellow fruit striped in red.  It is firm, tender, crisp and juicy tart with an aromatic flavor.  It's a good eating apple and stores well.

Sheepnose Gilliflower  Connecticut late 1700's --
It is dark red, almost black.  This vigorous tree produces apples with rich, sweet flavor.

Summer Rambo  France 1535 -- This has a bright striped red fruit.  This vigorous and productive tree produces crisp, juicy fruit with rich aromatic flavor.  It has been popular since colonial times in America.

White Oaks Cinderella  a chance seedling found growing wild in White Oaks, NM -- It is a red apple with streaks of lighter red.  It's crisp, juicy and full of flavor.  I cannot say how well it stores because we ate them all too fast.  It's descended from the old apples of upper White Oaks Canyon by the creek.  limited to one per person.



Arkansas Black

Golden Pippen

Sheepnose Gilliflower

Ashmead's Kernel




Hubbardston's Nonesuch

Spanish Dessert

Black Twig/Paragon

Kenny Canyon

Stayman Winesap

Blushing Golden

Maiden Blush

Summer Rambo

Calville Blanc d'Hiver


White Oaks Cinderella


Moses Wood

Whitney Crabapple

Court Pendu Plat

Northern Spy

Wickson Crabapple

Esopus Spitzenburg

Ribston Pippin

Winter Banana

Golden Delicious

Roxbury Russett

Yates  and  Yellow Newton Pippin