Tangy Green™ Urban Apple®

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Tangy Green™ Urban Apple®

Malus x domestica ‘AK-98’

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!

Core Characteristics

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
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.


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 Columnar apple Malus x domestica 'ak-98' benchcard