PLACE your Tree-a-Gram order by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. PAY for your order at the Donate Here button (click on the red apple at the sidebar).
Heritage Apple Tree Availability click to download excel spreadsheet for information on quantity and rootstock. Availability subject to change. If there are varieties that are listed on excel that do not have photos on this page that means they have sold out. Place your tree order at the donate button. Send us an email with special instructions.
Scroll down the page to see photos of available heritage apple tree varieties. Click on the photos for full descriptions.
NOTICE: MORP has waived its minimum tree purchase while supplies last in an effort to avoid crowds and reduce spread of COVID-19. Please help us in this effort by selecting and paying for your trees BEFORE you visit the MORP nursery (by appointment only). Send us any questions by email email@example.com.
We can help you choose a great selection (see updated inventory below)! Once we confirm your order, please pay at the DONATE button at our website or mail us a check to MORP, POB 1556, Cortez, CO 81321. Finally, schedule a day to pick up your trees by sending us an email of possible dates/times. Once confirmed, MORP will hold your pre-paid order for up to two weeks. No refunds, credit only. When you pick up your trees, please maintain recommended social distancing of six feet. Thank you for your understanding.
Attend a MORP TREE SALE EVENT (no minimum purchase) or schedule appointment
w/ 10 tree NO minimum purchase. Trees are $60. All are hand-grafted and grown naturally using lacewing larvae for pest control in 3 gallon pots averaging about 3 feet tall. Did you know that MORP members receive $10 off each heritage tree purchased and qualify for an additional bulk tree discount (buy 30 or more trees and get 50% off each tree or $30 each)? Not a member yet? Become one today. We thank you.
Click HERE to download an excel spreadsheet with information on available quantities and rootstock types. Availability subject to change. If there is a variety listed on the spreadsheet that does not have a photo on this page that means it has sold out. Send us an email to confirm the availability of your choice of varieties. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tree Guarantee & Planting Advice
Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project (MORP) has waived its minimum tree purchase during this time. To help prevent spread of COVID, tree sales are currently BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
presents three annual events where you may purchase heritage apple trees. Mark your calendars for Heritage Apple Tree Sales on the fourth SAT in APRIL and third SAT in JUNE plus the Orchard Social and Heritage Apple Tree Sale on the second SAT in October. In between events, you may schedule a special visit to the MORP nursery when you buy 10 trees or more.
Choose rare apple varieties hand-grafted by MORP. Proceeds benefit the establishment of school, community, and public orchards by growing and donating these rare genetics across Colorado, made possible by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Award. Contact us if you think your organization may qualify for donated trees. The orchard site must be a public or community space with good wildlife fence, water, and labor to care for the trees. See here for our current availability list. Please note that donated trees are selected from a separate list.
Trees are $60. Did you know that MORP members receive $10 off each heritage tree purchased, qualify for an additional bulk tree discount (buy 30 or more trees and get $20 off each tree), and receive special member-only invites to tree sales? Not a member yet? Become one today We thank you.
Directions to the MORP nursery are 17312 RD G, Cortez CO 81321. From the highway 491 turnoff just south of Cortez drive west for 7.5 miles on county road G (McElmo Canyon road). Nursery is on the south or Ute Mountain side of the road. The turn-around is a three point turn for standard sized vehicles. Google Maps will send you astray. No cell coverage in the canyon. Visit during scheduled tree sale events or by appointment only.
JOIN US on October 8 from 10 to 4! Sign up to attend one of the hard cider tastings (1 or 2 p) at the FREE Orchard Social by pre paying at our Paypal Button at our website – with cider tasting and time – in the memo line, $15 members, $20 non-members; or send us an email to get on the list: email@example.com
OLD COLORADO APPLES
MORP is researching what apples historically grew in Colorado to create an Old Colorado Apples list (see below). By searching historical books, reports and records, we have so far documented 436 varieties of apples that were planted in Colorado prior to 1930. Many of the apples on this list we find still growing in our landscape on trees up to 100 years old or older. Others, nearly 50% of the list, are now considered lost/extinct. This great diversity disappeared not because these varieties did not grow well here, rather because many were simply not shiny red apples representing the standard of the time. We work to return as many of these varieties as we can to Colorado orchards. To be successful, we will need you to plant diversity in YOUR orchards — as was tradition a century ago.
Dr. Sandsten of the Colorado Agricultural College’s experimental station surveyed every orchard district in the state from 1917-1922. He not only documented what fruit varieties were growing in Colorado, but inventoried quantities grown in commercial orchards at that time, down to the age and condition of the orchards. In our work to survey and identify varieties in Colorado’s historic orchards we have retraced many of Sandsten’s footsteps likely putting many of the same trees he documented back on the map. DNA results from apple leaf samples collected by MORP match to 34% of the named varieties listed on the 1922 surveys confirming the endangered diversity still found in our landscape.
Download the list of OldColoradoApples
DETAILS ABOUT THE OLD COLORADO APPLES LIST:
✦ 64 varieties, 15%, are Common—10 or more mail order sources carry them; these varieties are NOT commonly found in nurseries, but can be found with specialty nurseries and collectors.
✦ 55 varieties, 13%, are Rare—4 to 9 mail order sources carry them.
✦ 108 varieties, 25%, are Endangered—1 to 3 mail order sources; we work to get our hands on these apples and increase their numbers before they end up on the lost list.
✦ 205 varieties or 47% are Lost—considered Extinct; MORP seeks these varieties in CO remnant orchards.
MORP grafts and sells/donates heritage apples trees.