As is the case with most of our fruit trees, the wild apple was brought to this county from Europe during pioneer days. There are nearly 150 varieties of crabapples in the U.S. Most produce small, sour fruits that are fed on by a variety of animals. The early-spring flowers are showy and fragrant.
Cornelia planted an orchard of apple trees in the lower half of the estate in the 1920s. Today you can see the orchard from the parking lot. Small apple trees grafted from historic stock also are planted in that area, in the original grid pattern created by Cornelia. Closer to the mansion are the showy and fragrant spring flowers of an apple tree planted in 1989 in memory of Gifford and Cornelia’s only child, Gifford Bryce Pinchot, who donated Grey Towers to the American public in 1963.