Standard apple trees are propagated on a seedling rootstock. They reach full size in 10 to 12 years with a height and spread of 20 to 25 feet; however, pruning can control size. Standard trees usually begin to bear in 5 to 6 years and will yield an average of 10 to 15 bushels of fruit per year.
All apples require cross pollination by another apple variety. Ornamental flowering crab trees are also good pollinators for apples.