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A superb early season apple! This attractive tree bears crops equally stunning, medium-sized apples. Fruit has a yellow skin, splashed with crimson, and a cream-white — sometimes slightly pink — flesh. Fruit is crisp and tart, with good juice and flavor, ideal for ciders, cooking, baking, and fresh-eating. Antique variety, originates from Russia, circa 1800s. Cold-hardy. Ripens from August through September. Best pollinators: Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or any Golden Delicious.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest August Through September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Flavorful
Texture Firm, Coarse
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.

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Very versatile selection with fine flavor, good for cooking and cider - great for the backyard orchardist!
Boyd K on Feb 22, 2016
Very versatile selection with fine flavor, good for cooking and cider - great for the backyard orchardist!
Boyd K on Feb 22, 2016
Cider early batch base
John R on Feb 19, 2016
Cider early batch base
John R on Feb 19, 2016

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Already blooming!
I just put this standard size tree in the ground a few weeks ago. It developed buds almost immediately, but to my surprise, has bloomed as well! Where this tree is located in the yard, I can tell it will be focal point and a source of enjoyment for years to come. Amazed at the growth already!
May 27, 2016
Red Astrachan (standard)
The tree arrived in good condition and is thriving after a year. This is an old fashioned apple that I grew up with, and I don't see it often. The picture doesn't look like the ones I am familiar with - they are totally (bright) red, with white flesh, sometimes streaked with red.
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
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