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Rhode Island Greening Apple

Item #134391, Semi-Dwarf. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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The ultimate apple for old-fashioned American apple pie. Tree bears crops of large, smooth, green fruit with cream-white flesh. Culinary use brings out the full depth of flavor. Keeps well, and sweet richness improves over time for enjoyable fresh-eating. Antique variety, originates from Rhode Island, circa 1650. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart, Juicy
Texture Crisp, Crunchy
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

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
An old time variety.
melissa m on Jun 16, 2019
I like tart apples and wanted something for pie making ...this said it was perfect for pies
H Mauricio F on May 20, 2019
An old time variety.
melissa m on Jun 16, 2019
Looking for a good baking apple
Theresa P on May 26, 2019
I like tart apples and wanted something for pie making ...this said it was perfect for pies
H Mauricio F on May 20, 2019
I'm from Rhode Island and wanted an heirloom apple
that would remind me of home...
Mark S on May 6, 2019
I'm planting an heirloom orchard and thought this one was a good addition.
stephanie d on Apr 15, 2019
Dean M on Jan 19, 2019
I planted this and a Brambley's Seedling for pies, crisps, chutneys. These apples are firm, store well and are not sweet but VERY good apple taste.
shirley t on Aug 23, 2016
One of my very special favorites, wonderful pie apple, has a special flavor, and is almost impossible to find any more.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
So curious to see if I can grow an antique Apple.
Deborah S on Mar 18, 2016
Looking for a good baking apple
Theresa P on May 26, 2019
I'm from Rhode Island and wanted an heirloom apple
that would remind me of home...
Mark S on May 6, 2019
My rhode island greenings are four years old and want to grow as a bush. How do I prune?
George M on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Apple trees are traditionally pruned in a rather fat doughnut shape.
Open in the center to let the light in to the apples maturing in that part.
And it should have a trunk in the center at least about 5 ft. tall.

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Added RI Greening to Brambly's Seedling for Old Fashion Pie Apples
Received small whip that took two seasons to flourish and catch up. At 2 yrs in ground the tree is thriving. I planted this tree as compliment to a couple Brambly;s Seedlings for old fashioned pie apples to mix with September Wonderful Fuji, Honey Crisp and Zestar for apple sauce and canned apples.
November 7, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rhode Island Greening Apple
This tree was planted in 2016 and has not produced yet. Hopefully this year it will produce. It looks beautiful and seems to be very winter hardy. Looking forward to trying the fruit.
May 1, 2019
over 3 years ago
So far, so good
This tree that I planted is only in its' second season so nothing to report yet on fruit quality. It did bloom well this year but I will probably thin all but one or two, or maybe not keep anything as it might be too small to support it.
The tree arrived in good condition the year before last and has shown no signs of problems. I have been happy with all the trees purchased from Stark so far.
May 24, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rhoad Island Greening Apple Trees
We purchased two Rhode Island Greenings and this is their third year and both bared good fruit quality and quantity. However, one of the RHG ended up being a Yellow Transparent instead. So, we have two YT and only one RHG. Simple mistake, we are not the worse for it. The trees are healthy and came that way from Stark Bros.
August 5, 2016
over 5 years ago