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Stark® BraeStar™ Apple

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Description

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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™.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
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 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.

Pollination

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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I did a pie one Thanksgiving using Braeburn and Bosc Pear. It was fabulous very little sugar. My local grocery store does not always have them, or I can tell they are old. I don't know where I can order them, so I'll grow them. We have used Stark Brothers before and their fruit tree where always wonderful. Barb McKinnon
Barb M on Oct 9, 2018
pollinator for the Lodi. Plus I like Braburns
Margaret C on Apr 1, 2017
I did a pie one Thanksgiving using Braeburn and Bosc Pear. It was fabulous very little sugar. My local grocery store does not always have them, or I can tell they are old. I don't know where I can order them, so I'll grow them. We have used Stark Brothers before and their fruit tree where always wonderful. Barb McKinnon
Barb M on Oct 9, 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
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
great eating off the tree in october, november, far better than in the stores
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 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 cannot answer that- cedar apple rust needs cedar trees to complete its life
cycle, and there are none anywhere near my orchard. I have no problems with CAR on any of my trees for that reason. Research I've done on Braeburns suggests that they are immune to just about everything. I have only one and it is a happy and healthy little tree. It made loads of blossoms its second year.
Is BraeStar resistant to fire blight?
kevin j on Oct 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately the Breastar apple tree is not fire blight resistant. I recommend the Liberty, Freedom, Enterprise or Goldrush as fire blight resistant.
Is golden delicious a good pollinator for this tree?
Kate R on Jun 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm afraid it's not. Braestar is an early apple and needs a pollinator that also blooms early, like Lodi or Cortland.
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:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/pest-and-disease-controls/bonide-go-away-deer-and-rabbit-repellent
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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Braestar apple
My braestar is doing good got ,,12applr. In 2,nd. Yr
August 25, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Fully satisfied
Both trees are doing very well. Highly recommended.
August 3, 2016
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Not recommended for my zone, but checked my microclimate and I'm getting apples
Stark BraeStar Apple was received Spring '17 and is producing fruit Spring '18. I bought Cortland Apple as pollinator and have them both as potted plants. I live in Zone 9B and neither are recommended for my zone, but I know the microclimate of my house and thought I would take a chance. They are both producing apples in the 2nd year. BraeStar needed some heavy pruning as the apples are too heavy for the branches and they were growing in clusters. This is my first experience with apple trees and I am very happy with the results. I bought four (4) trees total, two (2) did not survive the first winter, and Stark sent replacements at no charge. Overall so far I am happy with Stark and the trees. I’ll write another review under Cortland after the autumn harvest.
July 29, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great Tree
In it second season and doing very well. It flowered this season but we have pick all the young fruit. Very happy with the Tree and the company
June 1, 2019
Purchased
1 year 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.

Pat
Laurel BLoomery, TN
May 18, 2017
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Out of two Stark BraeStar Apple trees, one survived and is doing well.
May 6, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Dead
Two trees, carefully planted, good growth and leaf production first year, didn't survive what was not an extreme winter here. Both dead. We're in Castle Rock, CO right at around 6,500 ft. Within your zones, but it's cold here and I will start with a more mature tree in the future I do not think you should have recommended these young trees for me.
June 15, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago