I live in an urban area, but have some space in the back for an apple tree. Last fall I picked up two trees on sale at the end of the season on a whim. They've been completely destroyed by rabbits and it's time to start thinking about another tree.
I am considering the following options:
- Self pollinating variety with more than 1 type of tree grafted to the root stock.
- Get a more established crab apple tree and graft apple scions to it.
- Get a single variety and hope the nearby trees* are enough to pollinate it. There are some other apple trees within a couple of hundred feet of my property.
I don't plan on spending the rest of my life here, so I'd like the shortest path towards a tree that will bear fruit.
What is my best bet?