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Stark® BraeStar™ Apple

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The best Braeburn! This modest-size tree is a heavy and early bearer. Fruit stores better than most and is one of the world’s best fresh-eating apples. Originates from Havelock North, New Zealand. Introduced in 1996. Ripens in late October. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark® Lodi or Starkspur® UltraMac™.


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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
David F on Apr 28, 2018
Breaburn apples are my favorite apple Thin skin and slightly tart flesh make it the perfect apple for eating and making pies. They are also great for carmel apples for Halloween!
John G on Apr 14, 2018
David F on Apr 28, 2018
To pollinate Mcintosh and for eating
Donna S on Apr 28, 2018
Breaburn apples are my favorite apple Thin skin and slightly tart flesh make it the perfect apple for eating and making pies. They are also great for carmel apples for Halloween!
John G on Apr 14, 2018
pollinator for the Lodi. Plus I like Braburns
Margaret C on Apr 1, 2017
great eating off the tree in october, november, far better than in the stores
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
Best pollinator for Lodi, plus I was looking for a new red apple.
Betty N on Jan 12, 2017
My family had an apple tasting test at home with a variety of apples to choose from. Everyone choose the Breaburn Apple as a favorite. Let's hope that your Break Star pleases us.
Jennifer D on May 20, 2016
To insure we'd always have a Braeburn. Our first one is still in good shape, but I noticed something amiss on his trunk so I ordered another to have it covered, just in case.
Eric and Olivia B on May 4, 2016
Daughter. Loves braeburn apples
Don G on Apr 3, 2016
recommended as the best polinator for winter banana
CAROLINE G on Mar 17, 2016
Braeburns are tasty, also I wanted a good pollinator for my yellow transparents.
Angela G on Mar 17, 2016
To pollinate Mcintosh and for eating
Donna S on Apr 28, 2018
pollinator for the Lodi. Plus I like Braburns
Margaret C on Apr 1, 2017
Are the BraeStar's self fertile similar to Braeburn?
NTrav on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: BraeStar requires a pollinator in the form of another early-blooming variety such as Cortland, Lodi, or McIntosh.
How do BraeStar fare against cedar rust?
Kristie H on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've never had a cedar rust apple, but braestar are my favorite apple. I'm just
now getting apples on the braestar trees. really looking forward to them.
Will your braestar pollinate a Fuji ?
Jeremy U on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it will not. Braestar is an early bloomer and Fuji varieties bloom quite a bit later.
What is the difference between the braestar and a regular Braeburn? Also what is the estimated chill hour requirement for this apple?
Juan C on Feb 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: BraeStar is an earlier-ripening Braeburn. Similar to the Braeburn, it prefers around 700 chill hours.
Deer tolerance?
VickiGene on Sep 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Sad to say, but apples of ALL kinds are "deer candy." If you have deer in your area, you can take some preventive measures to keep them (and rabbits) out of your fruit trees. This works quite well:
Will this pollinate a Starkrimson?? Gala Apple?
Melissa P on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: BraeStar is an early-season bloomer and Gala is a mid-season bloomer, but they will typically have overlapping bloom times, so they will be able to cross-pollinate one another.
Will a Jon-A-Red pollinate a Braestar?
Vina M on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, those two varieties will cross-pollinate for fruit production.

Customer Reviews

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Fully satisfied
Both trees are doing very well. Highly recommended.
August 3, 2016
over 2 years ago
The best place on earth to buy your fruit trees.
I have bought many tress from Starks,, they have arrived in the shortest time, in the very best shipping boxes, And in excellent condition and they take right off when you get them planted.I have and will buy more fruit trees from Starks and I would very highly rec amend any one wanting fruit trees they have the best and check their prices they are very good for the quality and the service you get. I thank them . Green Thumb Produce Loren Wilkins
May 23, 2016
over 3 years ago
Braestar apple
My braestar is doing good got ,,12applr. In 2,nd. Yr
August 25, 2016
over 2 years ago
Apple trees
I ordered theses trees about 2 years ago, they have done very well in the Pittsburgh winters. I am very happy with these trees. Thank you Rosemary.
May 16, 2016
over 3 years ago
BraeStar -- Courtlands Buddy
BraeStar wintered nicely along with Courtland. He was absolutely FULL of blossoms this spring, but that only lasted a few days before a deer had a delectable meal!. He is only about 5' tall and didn't need all those blossoms anyway, I guess. It looks like there were two blossoms that were pollinated.

Laurel BLoomery, TN
May 18, 2017
over 2 years ago
Vigorous growth.
I planted this tree last spring. It put on so many new branches last summer I had to do quite a bit of pruning this spring. It continues to grow and put on new branches this year. This is going to be a very attractive tree.
June 14, 2017
over 2 years ago
Out of two Stark BraeStar Apple trees, one survived and is doing well.
May 6, 2018
1 year ago
No apples yet
I don't have apples on my tree yet, so I can't rate them fully.
August 12, 2016
over 3 years ago
Stark BraeStar Apple
This is the first year for the tree and it is blooming nicely and appears to be a healthy tree. It isn't time in our part of the county for fruit to appear yet.
May 11, 2016
over 3 years ago