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Description

A Stark Bro's Exclusive!

Our best baking apple — just tart enough. This variety’s precocious nature earned it the nickname ‘mortgage maker’ from growers. Produces shiny red apples just 2-3 years after planting. They taste great right off the tree, but you’ll want to save plenty for the most delicious pies, crisps and cobblers you’ve ever tasted. Also makes beautiful sautéed apple slices because they hold their shape when cooked. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid October. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet And Tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
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

This item is also available in this money saving assortment.

We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

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

Estimated Delivery Date

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I just ordered the fruits today, it has a lot of good reviews...I never had Rome Apple before. I hope it grows well here in MS, looking forward to taste the fruit!
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
Love these baked, in applesauce and mixed with other varieties for applebutter.
EUNICE W on Sep 6, 2016
I just ordered the fruits today, it has a lot of good reviews...I never had Rome Apple before. I hope it grows well here in MS, looking forward to taste the fruit!
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
It sounded like a good variety to cross pollinate with the Honeycrisp Apple variety that i ordered.
vicky k on Sep 7, 2016
Love these baked, in applesauce and mixed with other varieties for applebutter.
EUNICE W on Sep 6, 2016
Taste, self pollinator, harvest later than other tree ordered
THERESA M on May 27, 2016
This is being sent to MOM and DAD from my brother... Since I have had such an awesome experience with everything from Starks Bro's.
I ordered this for him and they are REALLY pleased!!
PAUL I on May 26, 2016
I chose this tree because of its many usages and flavor. I really wanted to purchase the King apple, but it doesn't have an option for semi-dwarf. This was the one I was choosing to pollinate the King. And this one is closest to what I wanted in the King and it comes in the semi-dwarf size. My Grandfather had a King apple tree in his side yard, and I can remember the size and flavor of those apples! If only my yard was big enough to accommodate both trees.
Katherine A on May 20, 2016
Can eat & cook with this apple self pollinating
Carole B on Apr 30, 2016
I liked that this was a sweet and tart apple. I bought this with KinderKrisp and Gravenstein. Looking for a more of a tart apple to go along with the sweeter KinderKrisp. The tree is, really, the pollinator for the Gravenstein and KinderKrisp.
Joshua W on Apr 6, 2016
These are the apples from my childhood, they are hard to find in the grocery stores. When I get compliments for my pies, it's because I'm able to get my hands on either Rome Beauties, or Jonathan apples from someone coming through town peddling apples. They also have good flavor for fresh eating.
SANDRA W on Mar 29, 2016
Self pollinater need due to lack of space
Rhonda W on Mar 23, 2016
Great big baking apple with great flavor and it is also a pollinator for the other 2 varieties that I chose.
Katharine C on Mar 21, 2016
want a good apple to make apple pies
susan c on Mar 17, 2016
Because of the advice that it is a great pollinator for the Honeycrisp we bought.
Stephanie M on Mar 6, 2016
for pies and baked apples
april e on Mar 1, 2016
It sounded like a good variety to cross pollinate with the Honeycrisp Apple variety that i ordered.
vicky k on Sep 7, 2016
Taste, self pollinator, harvest later than other tree ordered
THERESA M on May 27, 2016
does this apple can , and or freeze well ?
Lorri P on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought our Rome apple tree just for the reason it is the best I've found for pies and making apple sauce. They don't have much juice and are not the best for eating although they are good right off the tree, but they are the best for freezing, which is what I do for pies, and make the best sauce since they are not mostly water. Hope this helps.
How long does this variety store after harvest?
Karen H on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 4 to 5 months in proper storage.
I want to plant honeycrisp apple tree. I already have red delicious and gala. Can they pollinate or I need plant another kind?
Fang l on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, the Starkrimson Gala and Honeycrisp will pollinate each other.

Customer Reviews

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Dwarf Starkspur Red Rome
It's a little early to tell how well it is growing since I planted it in the fall of 2015. I can say at this point that when it arrived it had already been pruned and was in good shape,the roots were moist. I have high hopes for that tree which was purchased to be a pollinator for a Honeycrisp that was planted several years ago but hasn't had many apples. So time will tell , besides Rome apples make a delicious cooked apple with cinnamon and a little sugar.
February 26, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Good
Bare root came timely in good condition. Survived 1st winter well.
March 10, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
Very disease resistant.
I purchased my Red Rome beauty over 15 years ago and have never had a bit of cedar apple rust even though the tree is only 50 ft away from large cedar trees. I have a standard and am overwhelmed by the amount of wonderful apples. On a good year, neighbors, friends,and church members have shared the harvest, along with buckets of apples for the horses. A truly great productive, reliable tree. Every yard should have a tree like this!
May 21, 2016
Of all my Stark Apples this is my favorite
Without a doubt this was my favorite of all the trees I have ordered from stark bros. It arrived healthy and larger than expected. It not only survived its first winter under care of a new gardener, but flourished. It began flowering its first year, and by year two I allowed it to bear a few fruit. The apples tasted incredible and I anticipate great crops in the future.
March 13, 2016
Looks good so far...
Trees arrived in perfect condition and well packaged. Both currently still just look like sticks, but we will hopefully see some life in the near future!
March 4, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
Pollination
I purchased the Starkspur Red Rome Beauty Apple as an aid in pollination for the Honey Crisps I also purchased. As a former devotee of Miller Nurseries (recently purchased by Stark Bro's), I placed an order with Stark Bro's and received a similar level of service and quality of product that kept me loyal to Miller for decades. The Starkspur Red Rome Beauty is in its second season with me, vigorous, and is now- 5/5/16 -producing flowers. Based on my experience, I can earnestly recommend Stark Bro's and their stock. My hardiness zone is 5a.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
New Red Rome and Winesap
My dwarf Red Rome tree is doing great, having grown to over 6' in the first year. The Winesap I ordered to pair with the Red Rome was growing very well until recently. I'm now having some leaves turning brown and curling. I've sprayed with fungicide to try and correct. We've had an abnormal amount of rain recently and I'm wondering if this is a problem; however the Red Rome looks good.
May 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Rome
It is 5 feet tall this spring, leafing out nicely and it has about 20 flowers. It is my second Rome. I like them because it is very dense apple and a very deep red that even extends into the flesh. When you polish it it is the most beautiful photogenic apple in my orchard. It is best in applesauce because it imparts a beautiful rose color to the sauce. It's not as tasty to eat out of hand as a Cortland or Northern Spy
May 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Red Rome Beauty Apple
The bare root plant is several years old and doing very well. I've planted several varieties of apples from Stark Bros., all are doing very well.
May 27, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Quick growing apple
As promised the plant survived within one winter and is blooming and showing apples in the second year itself.
June 2, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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