Grafts from a well-known cultivar is taken during dormant stage and grafted unto a rootstock - often seedlings produce strong roots and can be used as rootstock too! Budding is preferred in nurseries when only an eye is put on a rootstock.
Seed need cold stratification and will give rise to new characteristics, different than the parent, therefor seldom used. It will take about 7 years from pips to start harvest to evaluate new plant.
Attracts useful insects
Blossoms need cross pollinating to set as fruit therefor the nectar attrack insects like bees.
Apple trees can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes to make a pretty hedge screen.
Do not plant an apple tree where an old one was removed - rather plant vegetables or trees from other fruit families.
Suitable for northerly colder high rainfall areas.
Apples are delicious nutritious fruit!
Minerals and vitamins inside the fruit prevent diseases and grated apple is considered a wonderful treat for recovering during and or after illness.