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Criterion Apple

Item #133215, Semi-Dwarf. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Looks and tastes great! Tree produces large dessert apples with tart, tangy flavor. Fruit resists browning. Perfect for fresh eating and salads and also makes great pies and sauces — a multi-purpose delight. Ripens in October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious or Starkrimson® Gala.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

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.

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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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have three in my orchard. Wonderful for pies and very good keeper.
DEYONNE B E on Apr 19, 2017
Have three in my orchard. Wonderful for pies and very good keeper.
DEYONNE B E on Apr 19, 2017

Customer Reviews

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The Best Apple Ever
Thirty five years ago a friend gave me a couple Criterions to eat and I have been hunting for them at farm markets ever since.When I saw Starks had them I bought two. Planted them last year and used the Tre-Pep,the 4foot trees grew to seven feet. This year they are off and running already here in May. Starks did not have them for sale this year or I would have bought more. The taste of this apple will absolutely floor you. I can still remember how they don't taste like any apple I have ever eaten before.The strong hint of a banana is not hidden in there, it is right upfront, but so is the Red and Golden Delicious. I sure hope Starks has them for sale next year I want at least three more! Thanks Starks
May 12, 2016
over 3 years ago
The Criterion Apple
This criterion apple is a favorite of mine, and sadly no longer available. I purchased this tree from stark brothers, and love it so much I want another. I know that stark brothers bought out miller nursery and I had hoped they would keep all the apples available from millers for us to purchase. So many heirloom apples no longer available to the public. What a loss. I'd highly recommend the criterion as it is way better than the yellow delicious for crispness and flavor. If you ever have these available again, I 'd like to purchase another, maybe 2! Thank you.
May 21, 2016
over 3 years ago
Criterion Apple
This the first year so I have not had any apples yet. However Criterion are my favorite apple and make a great apple pie.
May 17, 2016
over 4 years ago
Criterion Trees
Criterion apples are the best. Our old Criterion tree died and we replaced it with two young Criterion new trees. They are growing nicely.
May 20, 2016
over 3 years ago