Idared Apple

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A dual-purpose, precocious apple. Fruit stores well and is also suitable for fresh-eating, salads, desserts, and baking. Crisp, fine-grained fruits have a sweet-tart, white flesh — one of the best pie apples. Compact trees bloom early and large-sized fruit ripens late. A Jonathan x Wagener cross. Cold-hardy. Ripens in October. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet Mild Tart
Texture Crisp/juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
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?
Stark Bro's Store
One of my favorite apples.
William T on Jun 20, 2016
standard size - not many options for that - and good keeper, good in sauces/pies, and decent to eat plain.
Michael C on Jun 20, 2016
One of my favorite apples.
William T on Jun 20, 2016
husband's favorite
Cheryl S on Jun 20, 2016
standard size - not many options for that - and good keeper, good in sauces/pies, and decent to eat plain.
Michael C on Jun 20, 2016
Is a compact tree and the many ways I can use the apple.
Mary on Jun 5, 2016
want a late ripening apple that ripens during deer season
TERRY B on Jun 4, 2016
My favorite apple!
Catherine P on May 21, 2016
use for pies
Lucia S on May 3, 2016
Price, plus I have the pollinator trees. Looked like a good tree.
MARY R on Apr 29, 2016
General purpose apple
mike r on Apr 27, 2016
Something new.
Charles N on Apr 26, 2016
I was looking for a pie/keeping apple for my home orchard.
Henry M on Apr 25, 2016
Bought this for pies and eating
Mig on Apr 18, 2016
One of the best cooking and keeper of all the apples we have grown, keeps in a cool area until April.
DAVID M on Mar 23, 2016
Years ago this was a variety we found at a "pick-your-own" orchard near our home (Rockford, IL). I love the taste and how well it keeps. I've been looking for it in nursery catalogs ever since.
RICHARD G on Mar 15, 2016
Sounds like a good all purpose apple. Again, love the sale price. Will be looking for Wolf River & Lodi to go on sale & make another purchase.
Michelle W on Mar 14, 2016
Makes a great Apple pie
Mark P on Mar 10, 2016
husband's favorite
Cheryl S on Jun 20, 2016
Is a compact tree and the many ways I can use the apple.
Mary on Jun 5, 2016
Can Honeycrisp, Haralson, and Jonagold apple trees be used as a pollinator for an Idared apple tree?
Judith C on May 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well, Jonagold is pollen-sterile, so it cannot pollinate other apple varieties by itself, but all of those apple trees growing together will provide adequate cross-pollination for one another.
Will be selling ida red apple trees in the future ?
davesc3168 on Feb 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We are no longer offering this product; we keep the information on the website for the benefit of customers who have purchased it in the past. We usually discontinue a variety because we've discovered another variety that produces better fruit, is more disease resistant, cold-hardy, etc.

If you would like assistance in finding something similar, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180 and we would be happy to help.

Customer Reviews

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for me this is the best pie apple!
We use Idared apples for applesauce and pies. So far my trees are doing very well. Like buying from the Stark Bros. They have a good shipping schedule and great choice.
May 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Growing well in zone 4
This tree has been healthy and is growing nicely. No fruit yet but it is young.
June 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Ida Red Apple Trees
Second year for my Ida Red trees. Very healthy and strong.
Looking forward to many years of apples.

From Pennsylvania
May 20, 2017
over 5 years ago
Idared Apple tree
Came in excellent shape when shipped with good root structure. Planted in early spring and it took right off, it's early July and 8" of growth already and loaded with green growth.
July 14, 2017
over 4 years ago
Great tasting apple Tree grows well and seems to be little troubled by various problems.
June 18, 2017
over 4 years ago
Idared apple
Grew away nicely and is serving it"s intended purpose.
June 20, 2018
over 4 years ago
Been Three Years
It's been three years, no apples yet so it's tough to rate. Don't know when apples are supposed to appear.
May 23, 2017
over 4 years ago