‘Smaragd’ is a columnar apple cultivar (Malus ×domestica Borkh.) released in 2006, as a result of the breeding program at the Department of Fruit Growing, Viticulture, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia. The tree has columnar growth habit that, depending on the rootstock vigor, makes it an excellent commercial cultivar for use as a late-harvested dessert apple, as well as in amateur orchards or in potted growing conditions. The distinctive growth habit of ‘Smaragd’ cultivar enables extremely dense planting for commercial fruit production. In the climatic conditions of northern Serbia, ‘Smaragd’ fruits mature during the first week of October, 5 days before ‘Granny Smith’. ‘Smaragd’ is characterized by easily managed trees with green ground color without overcolor, while it combines the fruit appearance and internal characteristics of the commercially significant ‘Granny Smith’ with the columnar tree growth of ‘McIntosh Wijcik’.
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