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Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Change your perception of what “delicious” really means. In 1914, Paul Stark Sr. discovered an apple with an outstanding flavor that was sweet and juicy with a hint of zest. This fruit will be an instant favorite for pies, salads and your taste buds. The tree is cold-hardy, heat-tolerant and very productive — a dwarf size produces up to five bushels of apples. One of the most universal pollinators for other varieties. Ripens in late September. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Mild, Sweet
Texture Crisp, White
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Related Assortments

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It was a self pollinating tree for Maryland, I wanted a gala tree though :(
Rebecca O on May 27, 2016
My family likes this particular apple for eating off the tree and baked in pies.
Donald F on May 24, 2016
It was a self pollinating tree for Maryland, I wanted a gala tree though :(
Rebecca O on May 27, 2016
Great flavor for an eating apple.
Jon A on May 27, 2016
My family likes this particular apple for eating off the tree and baked in pies.
Donald F on May 24, 2016
Self polinating, love golden apples.
ToddB on May 22, 2016
We wanted to add a golden apple variation to our orchard. This one not only self pollinates, but is a universal pollinator for our existing trees.
Shawn W on May 20, 2016
I have golden delicious. My friend/ neighbor down the road loves them. So I promised I'd get him one.
Arthur H on May 20, 2016
In St. Louis, this variety is not as available in grocery stores as they were when I lived in southern Appalachia. So I decided to grow my own.
PAUL V on May 20, 2016
Pollinator for many varieties
Deborah D on May 18, 2016
Easy to grow you say. =)
Nam H on May 18, 2016
I love the taste of these apples.
cyril W on May 17, 2016
Need a pollinator for my Honeycrisp trees.
Juan G on May 15, 2016
For my daughter.
GARY O on May 15, 2016
Delicious taste and good cross pollinator!
CHARLENE C on May 11, 2016
I wanted an old-fashioned apple tree.
JAN H on May 9, 2016
I grew up with a dozen of these trees in the backyard. There are better eating apple varieties, but none are as all-around good-for-anything as Golden Delicious. Plus, it's a great universal pollinator- so our other apple trees (Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Red Delicious) will all have a dance partner.
Adam A on May 7, 2016
A good pollinator and an apple we enjoy
James R on May 5, 2016
Pollination and also like eating them
mike r on Apr 27, 2016
This variety says it is one of the only apple varieties that say they are self polinating, and hardy to zone 4, plus it says it is easy to grow.
Nicholas E on Apr 27, 2016
As a pollinator for my mutsu trees
Michelle W on Apr 21, 2016
We had to cut down our old Golden Delicious tree. Need a replacement of manageable size.
Mirjana C on Apr 18, 2016
Golden D apples are our favorite and Stark Bros quality is second to none.
Greg H on Apr 17, 2016
For use as pollen source.
W Blaine E on Apr 8, 2016
I needed an apple that my mom prefers to eat, as she's tried these before and loved them. I'm so happy to get this one in my yard. :-)
ronnie s on Apr 8, 2016
Favorite Apple. Even if they get old they stay juicy and not mealy. Good pollinator.
Andrew O on Apr 8, 2016
An all around great eating apple that I grew up eating.
Morris H on Apr 6, 2016
Golden Delicious apples do well in my zone (7A).
David S on Mar 31, 2016
I have grown this tree for the past 25 years. It produced an abundant crop most years and even when we had a late frost it managed to produce a few apples for me to eat fresh from the tree. I use it to make jelly, apple butter, applesauce, and freeze for making pies. My family love the frozen apples made into pies better than using fresh store bought apples to make them.
Zardrelle A on Mar 30, 2016
love this golden delicious apple less acid
frances r on Mar 29, 2016
My wife likes this apple.
Marcel C on Mar 26, 2016
My long-time favorite tasting apple, plus a good pollinator.
DEBRA K on Mar 24, 2016
Have honey crisp and they do so well I would like a different variety. Had golden delicious before and they are good eating and baking applies
susan t on Mar 23, 2016
love the taste
Gary D on Mar 19, 2016
good all around tree and my favorite to eat
Paul S on Mar 18, 2016
Golden Delicious Apples have always been a favorite of mine!
MICHAEL Q on Mar 17, 2016
Good eating apple
Gary L on Mar 16, 2016
Always been my favorite.
Sara E F on Mar 14, 2016
Pollinator plus good eating apple.
Ken S on Mar 6, 2016
We love apples but dont have the big yard for it so this dwarf tree is perfect for our back yard.
Evelyn R on Mar 2, 2016
As a pollinator, and the golden delicious is probably my single-most favorite apple!
Charles S on Feb 21, 2016
Great flavor for an eating apple.
Jon A on May 27, 2016
Self polinating, love golden apples.
ToddB on May 22, 2016
How long does it take for dwarf fruit tree to reach full height?
Cheryl D on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That depends on the tree, variety, environment, care, and maintenance. If you start with an average 3-4 ft tall apple tree, then I'd estimate it would be around 4-6 years after planting before it's near its 8-ft height. Just an estimate though. It's important to note that, under the right conditions, the tree often fruits before it has reached its mature height.
how cold hardy? early or late bloomer?
Bev L on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought it because it was available as a dwarf apple tree. It was listed as a pollinator of the red delicious apple tree and other varieties, as well as self-pollinating. Since I live in the north, I wanted a cold hardy, sweet apple tree that would survive the elements and blend in the suburbs. I plan on growing fruits of many layers in my landscape.
when does the Stark Golden Delicious bloom?
Don Z on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Early to mid April weather permitting
I planted a golden delicious dwarf this spring & it is doing great but now it has yellow spots on the leaves. Any suggestions?
g3n3fi on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just yellow spots = too much water, yellow with Brown middle is Apple Rust and you need to spray your trees
Is this a tree that will NOT be susceptible to woolly Apple aphids?
Elaine R on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This variety is not said to be outstandingly resistant (or susceptible) to woolly apple aphids and I'm not familiar with any apple variety that is resistant. If you know that woolly apple aphids are problematic in your area, you may need to consider some form of pest control. Your local county extension should be able to advise you further.
can I use Golden delicious apple to cross pollinate the honey crisp apple?
amir h on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can; the Golden Delicious is a great pollinator for Honeycrisp. These are all the trees we recommend as Honeycrisp apple tree pollinators:

Customer Reviews

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Stark Golden Delicious Apple
You need to have a lot of golden delicious in your orchard. We have them in the center of our 40 trees and are planning to plant more on both ends. They cross pollinate and so far have been our biggest producer with large apples.
March 12, 2016
6 months ago
Great so far!
This is my first go round with fruit trees. I purchased and planted the tree last year. It had good growth last year and looks great this year. I anxious for it to start bearing fruit. I purchased more trees this year!
May 21, 2016
2 months ago
After one year: looks great!
This is year two of my little tree. It showed up as a supreme-sized whip. It currently has several branches, leafed out really well, and is showing lots of growth. I pruned it like Stark Bros. suggested at the beginning of the season and, after that, it really took off. I can't wait to see what it looks like at the end of the summer!
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
golden dellicious apple tree
Tree was shipped as quoted and was well packaged. Planted tree and it is doing well. only 3 months old.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Very Happy!
Initially, I purchased these to fertilize my Apple Crisp and wasn't really expecting much else because I don't really like Delicious apples. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! These are very tasty, off the tree..but I've canned some apple sauce too and used them in various recipes and I never would have bought (too pricey!) them. Super happy with my purchase!
May 24, 2016
1 year ago
So far, so good!
Was reluctant to get a tree online. It arrived late last season, planted it, and it took root. It was not as big as I expected BUT this year it has really chugged along with grow and flowering. Very impressive growth in fact! I also ordered some fruit tree 'food' to help fertilize and protect the tree. I would recommend Starks.
May 20, 2016
1 year ago
dwarf golden delicious tree
It is a beautiful little tree doing wonderful in its second year. Nice, full branches.
May 24, 2016
1 year ago
Second Season Growth
Stark Golden Delicious apple growing well on second season. Looks healthy. Several more years before fruit will set but the tree looks very healthy.
May 20, 2016
1 year ago
I planted this tree last spring 2015 and it made it through the year. Looks healthy and happy so far this spring 2016. I planted garlic around its base to help with any pests too.
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
Stark Golden Delicious apple
Very happy with my gold delicious tree. I bought it 2 summers ago and was very surprised to see that it's full of little baby apples this year!
May 5, 2016
1 year ago
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