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Starkspur® Winesap Apple

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Description

A Stark Bro's Exclusive!

A time-tested favorite. Its spicy, tart flavor has been compared to wine. These dependable producers have been improved to start bearing at an even earlier age. Ripens in mid October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I bought a Starkspur variety about 20 years ago, Truly a heavy laden tree. I had to support the limbs and rogue off excess fruit it was so packed with apples! This arrived with a superior root system. It started to bud out within two days of heeling in the ground! That's why I'm buying three more. I can make space for a dwarf tree! A terrific tree from a superior company.
Debra L on Jun 20, 2016
great tart eating apple
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
I bought a Starkspur variety about 20 years ago, Truly a heavy laden tree. I had to support the limbs and rogue off excess fruit it was so packed with apples! This arrived with a superior root system. It started to bud out within two days of heeling in the ground! That's why I'm buying three more. I can make space for a dwarf tree! A terrific tree from a superior company.
Debra L on Jun 20, 2016
The flavor of wine in the Apple
WERNER H on Jun 4, 2016
great tart eating apple
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
Use winesaps and some others to make applebutter
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
I like the flavor.
Jacqueline L S on Apr 26, 2016
1. Price, 2. I have all the pollinators planted . 3. I am adding variety to my little orchard. 4. I have planted your trees in the past and have been very pleased with them.
Mark N on Apr 21, 2016
The Stayman Winesap is a childhood favorite, and I was looking for a suitable substitution from Stark Brothers.
Kent E on Apr 15, 2016
I remember Winesaps as my very favorite when I was a kid in western New York.
Being a predominantly eastern and southern variety, we don't have them here in Washington State. My friend and I were talking about apples today and I waxed nostalgic about Winesaps and decided to try to grow them here.
Chuck L on Mar 31, 2016
Still my favorite apple. Amazing taste. Only company which provides a dwarf option that I've found. Will espalier in a raised bed along with its pollinator the Stark JonARed Jonathan Apple.
Brooke S on Feb 26, 2016
Makes good jelly
Edward W on Feb 25, 2016
Familiar with apple when I maintained a very old orchard 30 years ago
Michael C on Feb 22, 2016
The flavor of wine in the Apple
WERNER H on Jun 4, 2016
Use winesaps and some others to make applebutter
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
Is the Starkspur Winesap the original Winesap or the Stayman Winesap?
Rebekah H on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is the original Winesap with a spur-fruiting habit ??? separate from the Stayman Winesap.
Are the winesap trees spur or tip bearing?
Al H on Mar 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This tree is a spur-bearing apple.
Can I plant the trees in a #3 container for one year and then plant them in the ground?
Chuck C on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Because some of the little trees are so small when they arrive I see this as an ideal way to give them a good jump-start and baby them along for the first year or so. I would probably trim back the root system a bit .....and I don't know what size container that is but I would use at least a 5 gallon! I actually have a pending order now Stark Brothers and I'm planning on doing this as well as it's too hot right now to plant.
Are any of these apples low-chill hours?
Susan G on May 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Winesap requires approximately 800 chill hours.
In your experience, how susceptible is this tree to rust diseases?
Rebekah H on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Rebecca I just came across this comment while responding to another question. I would like to say that I have experienced the exact same thing regarding the rust issues. I have 3 easy-care varieties and they were affected badly with rust. I have one red delicious and it was not affected at all. I dId have an Eastern cedar tree that was within 50 feet of my Orchard and I cut it down. This improved the rust situation about 80%. A dramatic difference! However the past several weeks the rest has affected my Easy Cares once again although to a much lesser extent. I guess I'll have to do a little sprsying. I'm not sure I'm getting this easy-care scenario when they don't seem to be easy care at all!

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Starkspur Winesap
The tree has almost doubled in size. Last year deer ate some of the ends and I broke the top branch. It came back this spring very well. I have put up a cage around it. Hopefully it will keep them off it. I have done the same with the others.
June 3, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Very Healthy Tree
The Winesap survived the winter here in the NC Mountains. I am anxious to have some apples but will have to be patient a few years. Was a little unsure purchasing through the mail but it worked out super.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Resistant to Cedar Apple Rust and Fireblight and the beetles seem to ignore it
Tree has leaves that are dark green and a few little apples (third summer). It is a nice tree and obviously fine for the Shenandoah Valley. Not sure I would not buy a semi-dwarf in the future, but this dwarf is fine. Intend to buy a few full size winesaps soon.
July 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
To early to tell...
Trees are 3 yrs old, no blossums, no apples yet...Stock looks hardy and healthy
June 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago