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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
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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

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 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
Self pollinater need due to lack of space
Rhonda W on Mar 23, 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
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
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
does this apple can , and or freeze well ?
Lorri P on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have found that this apple cans well. However, I've never frozen apples. My first thought is that they may become mushy. However, I do freeze peaches for baking and they are worth the effort. You may consider freezing a small (4-5) amount and using them in a baked tart - my guess is that after baking, they would be fine! Good luck, Lorri!
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.

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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
9 months ago
Good
Bare root came timely in good condition. Survived 1st winter well.
March 10, 2016
Purchased
6 months ago
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
6 months ago
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