Orleans Antique Apple

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Beauty that’s more than skin deep. Bred as a cross between Delicious and Deacon Jones apples, the result is a tree that yields sweet-tasting apples that will make some of the best cider you’ve ever tasted. Medium-large fruit is shaped like Red Delicious but larger. Keeps well in proper storage. Antique variety, originates from Geneva, New York, circa 1924. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. A licensed variety of Cornell University. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September-early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Fine, Crisp.
Years to Bear 2 - 5
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

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.


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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Many companies offer this versatile, hardy variety of apple, but Stark trees exceed the standard of excellence in tree quality.
Regina W on Apr 4, 2021
To replace golden delicious.
Chris L on Oct 18, 2019
Many companies offer this versatile, hardy variety of apple, but Stark trees exceed the standard of excellence in tree quality.
Regina W on Apr 4, 2021
Makeing cider
Wesley t on Feb 21, 2021
To replace golden delicious.
Chris L on Oct 18, 2019
Debra V on Oct 18, 2019
KEVIN S on Sep 4, 2019
It's a heritage cider apple.
Mark R on Jun 2, 2019
I have been wanting this variety for a while now. I am excited to be able to order this variety
Wendy H. on May 16, 2019
Looks like the apples that were in the orchard on the farm where I grew up. Hoping they taste as good.
Bruce W on Apr 16, 2019
Would love to make cider sometime
Allen B on Apr 4, 2019
RANDY F on Mar 16, 2019
to make cider
Hank on Mar 9, 2019
I tried it an apple tasting and loved it. Also: late ripening and disease resistant.
Allen H on Feb 28, 2019
Wanted a type of apple that was unique for Cider
WARREN S on Nov 5, 2018
Cold Hardy and set for our zone 4 in Alaska!
Phaedra B on Oct 8, 2018
wanted an heirloom great tasting apple
RAMON A on Jul 15, 2018
Wanted a heirloom apple
Jessie H on Jun 8, 2018
I just ordered the fruits today, it has a lot of good reviews...I want to make some apple cider. I hope it grows well here in MS, looking forward to make some apple cedar and taste the fruit!
fely mae l on Sep 23, 2016
I am excitedly looking forward to making our own cider in a few years. And we happen to have a good pollinator -- a Red Rome Beauty -- very near where we'll be planting the Orleans. Also, we'll be planting Stark's American Cranberry plants around the bottoms of both apple trees.
ARLENE S on May 6, 2016
We had an old Orleans appletree on family farm in Maine in 1960's; huge sweet apples that didn't turn brown and made pink cider using antique press.
Charles R on Apr 23, 2016
To make cider!
DON W on Mar 15, 2016
Makeing cider
Wesley t on Feb 21, 2021
Debra V on Oct 18, 2019
Does Orleans have any disease resistance?
E G on May 22, 2018
Will this apple tree pollenate my honeycrisp apple tree?
Carl A S on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Most white-flowered crabapple trees will pollinate most early and mid-season apple trees. Orleans Antique will pollinate Honeycrisp, and vice versa.
Do you have any dwarf peach trees?
Wayne A on Mar 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We are very sorry for the inconvenience but we will not have any dwarf peaches this year along with very few, if any, dwarf trees. Dwarf peach rootstock has been very hard to come by the last few years. We are hoping to secure some for the future.
can we use a tree tube?
john g on Mar 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Vented tree tubes provide protection for young plants against windy conditions and harsh weather . It helps in the growth of the plant.
Why can I not find anything On this variety Anywhere on the Internet Other than start brothers ? Is it for hard cider or Apple juice ?
Clayton C on Apr 6, 2021

Customer Reviews

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Mystery to me
I like apple tree stories. I like knowing that Empire is a cross of Mcintosh and Red Delicious from a series of trials from Cornell University in 1945. (In a GMO world, it's fun to think back about a bunch of apple Docs in 1945 figuring out how to improve the quality and volumetric output of American agriculture by making broad open-pollinated crosses of two popular apples, right?)

Enter Orleans Antique Apple.

Man, I can't figure out anything about this apple. While listed as a Cornell cross, I can't find anything on their site about it. My trees just finished second leaf (2018) and I'm expecting one to a couple dozen fruits from them in 2019.

I'm starting to make hard cider as a hobbyist - and I don't know whether these trees are delicious for hard cider or for sweet cider, but I suspect I'll know in about a year.

That said - the trees from Stark Brothers are quite vigorous. They put on 18-24" of growth this year - organically - and are just as healthy as they can be. So while I still don't know whether this is a "sweet cider" or "hard cider" tree, I can tell you that I'm going to have a lot of whichever cider this makes in another couple of years!
December 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Second year trees
I planted my trees last spring and they are coming in great so far this year.
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
too early to tell, trees too young
However, I have been buying your apple trees for the last five years. All are showing great promise; the older ones are full of flowers. I am done buying trees from local grocery stores and nurseries. Most never work out. But your trees good great.
May 3, 2017
over 4 years ago
Great Heirloom Apple
I got the dwarf supreme and it is growing well. I expect I will get apples next year (2 years after planting). Overall very happy with my purchase and I even thought about buying another one this year, but the dwarf is sold out. I would recommend to my friends. Overall very impressed with Stark apple trees, as I have bought over 10 varieties and they have all done well. Shipping is fast, the packaging is excellent!
June 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Topped this tree fairly severely at planting. It has grown in an orderly fashion since, not very vigorous and no blossoms yet. The tree is pretty healthy but seems attractive to leafhoppers? lots of skeletonized leaves last fall (the only apple amongst 70 trees I noticed this on). Growing well this spring so we'll see.
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
orleans apple
showing good growth 2nd year. no blossoms yet, but has reached a nice size for 2nd year.
August 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Young, growing, and looking good
Our Orleans Antique Apple tree is still quite young, only planted in 2015, so no apples yet, of course. But I'm happy to report that she's doing all she should at this tender age, still healthy and growing taller and fuller each year. For now, cider remains in my daydreams -- but I am looking forward to it!
May 14, 2017
over 4 years ago
Young bloomer
This tree is two years old and growing strong. Had some pest issues the first year but have tufed them out and is blooming well this year. Should be a good cider apple.
May 5, 2018
over 4 years ago
No Lucki
They were nice and sent 3 replacements and none of them grew> Guess they do not like 4500 ft in elevation and the Idaho Climate
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Extremely nice tree!
Tree arrived in great condition last March. It is April of the next year and the tree has shown very good growth and, (to my amazement) about a dozen apples! Thanks! Chris
May 3, 2017