I have a small backyard and want to plant an apple tree. What should I plant?

Here are some factors to consider in selecting an apple tree for a backyard setting:

► How much space is available with full sunlight and well-drained soil.

Apple trees require full sunlight for optimal blossom initiation and development the summer prior to the actual crop as well as for optimal fruit quality during the fruit’s growing season. Shading from a home and adjacent trees and buildings will result in poor tree growth, fruit yield, fruit quality and possibly greater insect …