The Fireside apple originates from Minnesota where it has many admirers. Developed in the early 1940’s when the country listened to Roosevelts’ “Fireside Chats” which might be the origin of its name. This large apple is extremely cold hardy. The crisp, juicy, sweet, greenish-white flesh is not flat or mealy. Flame orange striped skin over a rich yellow undercover. It is long keeping and flavorful. The Firseside aroma often fills the room when left out on the counter for the day. Has shown some resistance to cedar-apple rust and is an excellent keeper.
Choose rootstock type depending on availability:
Malus domestica Standard sized seedling rootstock. This is what trees were historically grafted on. These will be large trees that will grow for a century or more due to their cold hardiness and drought tolerance. Plant 25 feet or more apart.
M111 Semi Dwarf rootstock. 3/4 size of standard. A good compromise if you want a slightly smaller tree. Plant 15 feet or more apart.
M7 Semi Dwarf, Smaller than M111. Probably not as long lived, but produces sooner. Longer lived than M26. Plant 12 feet or more apart.
M26 Dwarf, Short lived (a few decades), fast producing, needs staked, not drought tolerant or as cold hardy, plant as close to 1-2 feet apart.