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May Apple

This unique groundcover boasts umbrella-type leaves and will thrive in any shady area. May Apple’s bright green foliage is also deer resistant. (Podophyllum peltatum)

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Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 12-18" tall, 8-12' wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Early to late spring
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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White May Apple, Podophyllum peltatum, May Apple
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Common Name May Apple
Botanical Name Podophyllum peltatum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Flower Size Flowers are showy but usually hidden by the leaves. Each flower gives way to an edible, fleshy, greenish fruit which turn golden when ripe.
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 8-12' wide
Bloom Time Early to late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Plant has 1 or 2 umbrella-like, pale green leaves that can reach 12" in diameter. Plants with only one leaf will not flower. Mayapple goes dormant in summer (foliage dissappears).
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Native
Additional Information Fruit may be used to make preserves and jellies.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Leaves and roots are poisonous.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
Plant May Apple in your shade garden for unique, bright green foliage growing in the early spring. This woodland beauty grows to only about 18” and is deer-resistant, making this the perfect choice for most shade gardens.
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nice plants


from Middleville, MI

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    Comments about American Meadows May Apple:

    Ordered 6. Planted 6. They all did well.

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    Squirrels ate them!


    from Cincinnati , Ohio

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      Comments about American Meadows May Apple:

      I planted them when they arrived but within days the squirrels ate them all, even tho I tried to protect them with cages.

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      Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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      As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

      Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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