Description & Overview

Tangy Green Urban Apple is a columnar apple that is part of the Urban Apple series as marketed in the U.S. It was developed by the late Dr. Jaroslav Tupey of the Czech Republic. It is marketed under a different name in Europe. This variety produces green skinned apples that are tart and crisp. Excellent for those who enjoy eating tart apples like Granny Smith. Being a columnar apple, this variety takes up little space so now even those with little yard space can grow apples!

This plant is no longer in production. The product info remains for informational purposes.

Core Characteristics

Category: Fruit Trees

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4

Mature Height: 10 feet

Mature Spread: 2 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Growth Form: Columnar

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Site Requirements: Well-drained Site

Flower: White

Bloom Period: Early-Mid May

Foliage: Green

Fall Color: N/A

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Very resistant to apple scab. Excellent for cooking and eating. Green/yellow skin color when ripe.

Suggested Uses

Wonderful for its columnar form which makes it suitable for planting in narrow spaces or close to a wall.

Wildlife Value

Apple trees are relished by deer, numerous small mammals, and insects.

Maintenance Tips

Columnar apple trees do need to be pruned each year. Thinning out excess branching for better sunlight on the fruit. Columnar varieties can produce too many fruits, so thin the fruits in mid-June to promote good fruit size if needed. Best to thin each apple about 6″ apart.

Pests/Problems

Like all apples, this variety is prone to insect/disease issues. For best results follow a preventative apple spray program or grow the fruit in bags (plastic, cloth or paper apple bags) for organic growing. Find a spraying guide and more information on Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist.

Leaf Lore

Dr. Tupey was an excellent fruit breeder with many famous apple varieties to his team’s credit. Topaz and Opal are two that are just becoming available in the U.S. supermarkets. All columnar apple trees are thought to have some Wijcik apple in their genetics. The Wijicik apple is a columnar McIntosh sport that was found in British Columbia by Mr. Wijcik in 1963.

Companion Plants

Tangy Green Urban Apple must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.

Tangy Green Urban Apple is a columnar apple that is part of the Urban Apple series as marketed in the U.S. It was developed by the late Dr. Jaroslav T…
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Written by Paul Schwabe