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Purchasing fruit trees - how mature? (fruit-trees forum at permies)
Semi-dwarf, mature height approx. All varieties need a different variety to cross pollinate with. Medium to large, bright red fruit has white, juicy flesh that is tart and spicy. Resists cedar-apple rust, drought and cold hardy. The most popular grown apple here in New England.
Certainly older trees will look prettier than younger, smaller fruit trees. It is true that a larger, nursery-grown fruit tree will produce fruit sooner because it is already at a fruit bearing stage of its life cycle. A volunteer pruning one of the larger trees in Fennel Orchard. Mohawk has a beautiful orchard with 23 recently planted apple and pear trees.
That way they can keep the tree and sell it to a customer long after the tree breaks bare root dormancy. This can be a problem for a couple of reasons. First, bare root trees have an imbalanced "root to shoot" ratio. That is, they have far too much biomass growing above the soil line to be supported by the limited root mass growing below. It really stresses the tree when there isn't enough space for the tree to push out enough roots to support that larger tree.