Blushing Delight™ Urban™ Apple

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Full-sized fruit from exceptionally narrow trees. 18- to 24-inch mature limb spread makes this a perfect fit for small spaces — including containers! Plant a row to grow a living fence. Enjoy green-blushed-red fruit with a light, sweet flavor. Originates from Czech Republic, introduced in 2011. Cold-hardy. Ripens in September. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below. May be covered by USPP #21511 or other patents.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
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.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.

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.


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Why did you choose this?
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Like Fuji
Mark C on Jan 25, 2020
Just hope he likes the Tasty red Urban, planted next door!
Kenneth on Jan 25, 2020
Like Fuji
Mark C on Jan 25, 2020
Because we are retired and don???t want to climb ladders to pick fruit.
John on Jan 25, 2020
Just hope he likes the Tasty red Urban, planted next door!
Kenneth on Jan 25, 2020
I use this apple tree as the pollinator for my Tasty Red Urban Apple.
Maya S on Jan 15, 2020
Size and reputation of quality
Karen W on Jan 4, 2020
Size of tree and firmness of apples
PETER S on Jan 3, 2020
Cold hardiness, compact size and early fruit production.
Suzette R on Dec 6, 2019
Narrow growth habit and cross pollination, plus fruit to eat that has not been laden with pesticide.
NAOMI O on Dec 6, 2019
Where i am planting it there is limited space and have wanted to try growing this type of apple tree,
Norman G on Apr 15, 2017
I have five other columnar apple trees and I wanted another one. My three year old tree was loaded with apples last year. I really enjoy growing these trees.
CHERYL R on Feb 1, 2017
Grows smaller than a regular apple. The challenge of growing it in a container.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
This looks cool, save on space
Vu D on Mar 25, 2016
Because we are retired and don???t want to climb ladders to pick fruit.
John on Jan 25, 2020
I use this apple tree as the pollinator for my Tasty Red Urban Apple.
Maya S on Jan 15, 2020
What does Blushing Delight apple taste like? I prefer a good balance of sweet, tangy/tart and aromatic. Not a fan of red delicious (too sweet/not enough sour) or the classic green apple (too tart, not aromatic). I like Fuji, Braeburn and love Opal.
questioner on Apr 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Though taste is highly subjective, this apple is generally considered to be light and sweet, with a citrusy aroma. We would not assign the characteristics of tangy/tart or spicy.
When do they bloom?
ivy s on Jun 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: it bloomed late april or early may
Do apple trees in general require a lot of pesticides? Can this tree be grown organically?
Ben J on Jan 4, 2017
The short answer is yes it can be grown organically. Very easy in fact. You will have to spend more time adding earth friendly pesticides, but totally.
The apples won't look like they do in supermarkets. They might have some spots, very smaller etc, but taste better!
What are the water requirements for these columnar apple trees? I live in an area where water is limited and have hopes that these varieties might allow me to grow a few apple trees. Does anyone know the water required, say weekly, to maintain these trees? Would growing in containers help? Thanks!
Karen W on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Fall is the best season to plant trees and shrubs especially if you live in a dry climate because it gives your plant time to develop strong roots before summer. I planted mine directly in the ground near the boarder of my vegetable garden. Then I mulched with a 3 inch layer of woodchips. I water weekly if there was no rain year one. After that the tree was well established and needed little attention. During a recent 10 week drought I water maybe twice and my tree is lovely. If you container plant, you???ll need a very large pot and will have to water several times a week all summer.
When does it usually bloom?
Kim K on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Kim, I planted mine in the fall of 2014. They are starting to get a few flowers on them now. They didn't have any flowers on them last year. They are very healthy and I hope to get a few apples this brae. Hope this helps.

Can I make an espaliered tree from an urban apple tree? How about a crimson rocket peach? I love that they aren't supposed to be too big.
susan p on Jan 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Columnar trees' lateral branches are too few and too short to espalier. You're much better off with a dwarf size of any variety. There's a detailed article here: //
Is there any pruning guidance specific to Urban Apples? The typical three-branch open structure doesn't seem to apply.
Holly B on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You may need to thin the trees the first year so the branches will support the weight of the apples. Otherwise, prune only as needed to remove damaged branches.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Urban Fruit Tree Info: Tips For Growing Columnar Fruit Trees

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can you grow these in containers, and if so what size is appropriate?
Laurie on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow them in containers .I would grow them in at least 20" or bigger.
how much water does urban apple tree need per week?
Karen W on Jun 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: About an inch of water every 10 days, including rainfall. During very hot stretches of weather, check every other day to see if the top 1/2" of soil is dry - if it is, the tree needs water.
My wife and I are interested in these blushing delight urban apple trees but we are concerned because our neighbors have cedar trees. Is there anything we can do to prevent ceder apple rust?
Carl H on Aug 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is! You can keep it on a spray program, using this: //

Please follow the label directions exactly.
I have lots of baby apples on my urban apple trees. Sine these are different than normal trees, how much thinning should be done on them?
Jason J on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you treat this like a spur-bearing tree, and thin every 2nd to 3rd spur.
What is the ideal container size for a columnar apple tree?
Tim M on May 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We recommend that you start out with a 10-12" pot and graduate to anywhere between a 20-24" pot. When the tree roots reach the edge of the pot, it's time to "pot up". When you potted up to the maximum size, just root-prune the tree and re-soil every three years or so and the tree will produce for a very long time.
What size pot does this need to be planted in?
dana m on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can start with a 10-12" pot and graduate as the tree grows. When the roots reach the edge of the pot, it's time to increase the pot size. You can stop at 20-24" and air-prune/re-soil the pot every 3 years or so to keep it in good shape. Here's a good article we have on container growin: //
Tasty Urban Red a valid pollinator for the Blushing Delight Urban?
Tim M on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is actually the perfect/best pollinator.
Are Urban apples early bloomers? Compatible with Anna apple tree?
Judy K on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This variety blooms mid-to-late season, similar to Golden Delicious. I don't know what your zone is, but I would have to recommend looking for another early-blooming variety (like McIntosh or Zestar!) to cover Anna's blossom period. Even a crabapple tree would work!
Do you have "Pristine" as a columnar apple? Or a dwarf?
Sharon S on Mar 23, 2020

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I planted 4 varieties of columnar apple & 1 peach
I have planted 4 varieties of columnar apple and one peach tree. Two apple are 3 years old and two are 2 years old. The peach tree is 1 year old in 2017.

All apple trees produced by the second year. The taste was excellent.

I trim the excess growth in late winter.

The only pest problem that I have incurred is aphids on new growth leaves but this was controlled by an aphid spray. (Just keep watch and don't let the little bugs get ahead of you)

The peach tree does not grow like the columnar apple. It grew more quickly and had to be trimmed back severely this winter.

There is a great video on YouTube about pruning columnar apple trees and I also found one about pruning the peach tree. The video explains how the peach will develop more branches than the columnar apple.

I highly recommend these columnar trees from Stark Bros. Nurseries.
February 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Columnar Blushing Delight
Doing very well in a plastic tub on my deck. It has lots of blossoms the second year and as of now ( late May) has numerous apples in spite of a bad weather season for pollination
May 24, 2017
over 5 years ago
So far so good
We ordered two of these along with two companion apples for pollination. After following the excellent planting instructions they survived the winter and were covered in beautiful blossoms this Spring. We can't wait for our first apples!
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Beautiful tree but suseptible to cedar apple rust.
Have had this apple tree for a couple of years now. I have not had apples yet but I am still very pleased with it.This year it produced stunningly beautiful flowers but no fruitlets. I think this is because its pollinator did not survive the winter. As for the cedar apple rust there is not much that can be done. I can't cut down all the cedars in the neighborhood.
May 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Good apples.
I love columnar apples. So easy to manage and place.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Columnar Apple trees
Lice these. They are doing well in their second year. Can't wait til they are producing fruit.
May 6, 2017
over 5 years ago
Not sure yet
We've placed orders from a lot of different companies over several years, & Starks Brothers products are the best quality that we have received. A year or two ago, we ordered 2 columnar trees. They seem to be growing fine, but they haven't produced fruit yet.
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Good thus far
My trees are too young to bare any fruit, but they have done quite well creating a strong root system while still quite young and planted in poor soil.
June 2, 2016
over 6 years ago