In the United States, Granny Smith apple trees grow best in the United Sates Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. However, Granny Smith apple trees grow in a variety of soil types and in a variety of locations in the world.
Granny Smith apple trees should have well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. The aeration and drainage of soil can be improved by adding organic material.
It is recommended that apple trees are planted at least 8 to 10 feet away from sewer pipes, water pipes and patios. They also should not be positioned at the bottom of a hill, as cold air often gathers there.