Stark® Emerald Spire® Apple

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Attractive green apple with a beautiful golden blush. Mature columnar trees reach about 7-8 feet in height, but only spread about 2-3 feet wide – ideal for growing in containers or small spaces. Apples grow from spurs along the trunk. Fruit is excellent for fresh eating and homemade apple sauce. Ripens early to mid-September. Best pollinators: Stark® Crimson Spire®, Stark® Scarlet Spire®, Stark® Ultra Spire®, or Stark® Maypole Flowering Crabapple.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 800 - 1200
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Early To Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart, Tangy
Texture 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 8 - 10' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 2 - 3' 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?
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My last home I had 2 and loved my mini Apple orchard. The apples were full size and very bountiful not to mention delicious
Dolores K on Feb 12, 2021
Mary W on Jan 27, 2021
My last home I had 2 and loved my mini Apple orchard. The apples were full size and very bountiful not to mention delicious
Dolores K on Feb 12, 2021
Size of tree.
Will on Feb 11, 2021
Mary W on Jan 27, 2021
Space saver and delicious apples.
Brenda W on Jan 24, 2021
to complete my collection
GREG W on Aug 17, 2020
Space restriction, pollinator, variety, living fence
CINDY V on Apr 24, 2016
Wanted another variety of the Spire Colonnade and thought this would work well with my Scarlet Spire
Tracey B on Apr 19, 2016
I have the related colonnade tree and limited space, so this will balance the planting and be good pollinators for each other.
Kirsten on Mar 28, 2016
Needed a narrow tree
ANTHONY T on Feb 24, 2016
Size of tree.
Will on Feb 11, 2021
Space saver and delicious apples.
Brenda W on Jan 24, 2021
Is this a crabapple, or are there two apples on the market called Emerald Spire?
Knox S on Dec 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! There are indeed two Emerald Spire?? apples: one is a columnar crabapple, and the other, on which Stark Bro's owns the trademark is the Stark?? Emerald Spire?? columnar apple. Ours is a full-size green apple with a golden blush; the other Emerald Spire?? has small red apples, but is preferred more for its flowering characteristics than its fruit.
I'm curious about when these flower. Do they flower early spring, mid spring, or late spring?
Anna K on Apr 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Anna, This is a mid season bloomer.
Art these tart like a granny smith?
Bethany M on Aug 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, definitely not as tart, softer texture inside and sweeter. Mine are not juicy though, more soft and grainy than a Granny typically is. Great apple sauce apple though.
Will These Be Back in Stock for this season ?
CHRISTOPHER K on Apr 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

Can I line these up to create a living fence?
Reese on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Shariese, since these have a mature spread about 2-3 feet wide they would made a nice fence.
how close to the house foundation can I plant a colonnade apple tree?
Rita G on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. We wouldn't suggest planting it closer then 3' from the foundation. It is a smaller tree, but it still has a strong root system (not invasive, however).
Do these trees do well planted close to brick? I wasn???t sure if the heat would damage the fruit.
Audrey S on Jan 29, 2021

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Interesting Apple tree
I purchased 2 columnar trees about 8 years ago. Fruit was slow to appear- about the length of time the write up says- approx 5-6 yrs. the first year the apples were few and tiny but this is finally year 8 or 9 and the tree was loaded. Starks sent great trees- young but vigorous and healthy. Trees are on the side of my house and while they get daily sun, it probably isn’t as much as they crave. The tree is very healthy- it stays 2-3 ft in width but but is at least 8 and the other 12-15 ft tall...thinking of light topping this fall to guarantee that all of the fruit remains in easy reach. This is probably not my favorite variety - I prefer a crunchier apple for eating and these have a softer texture a bit like a really ripe Golden Delicious. It is, however, a tasty baking apple and makes excellent homemade apple sauce and apple pies. It is lovely in your landscaping and asks very little if you- I’d recommend one for the urban farmer for sure.
August 23, 2020
Still Waiting....
4th year and still no blossoms. My North Pole next to it is the same size and flooded with blossoms this year. Bought "both" Emerald Spire's & "both" have yet to blossom.
May 15, 2020
My Stark Emerald Spire survived its first dry winter in Colorado. The tree has put on a lot of side shoots which parallel the main stem. I laughed at my arborist's comment, "Your apple trees don't have any structure."
I look forward to having blossoms next year. I have several other columnar apples and have them all close together so I can enclose them and hand pollinate them. Thus, I hope to avoid fire blight which is very common here. Not having enjoyed a crop yet, I can't recommend this product - maybe next year.
May 16, 2017
over 5 years ago
I bought 5 different varieties - Beware of Japanese Beetles
I purchased 5 different varieties of these miniature apple trees from Stark Bros. I was hoping for a nice display around my patio - unfortunately it didn't work out. Planted the trees in large 30" diameter pots, with good drainage and very rich custom developed soil. The first couple of years there of rather slow growth, and I got a few apples the 3rd year.

Then I began to notice that the trees would go into stress in high heat weather, even though they were watered at least once every day. I decided that I'd take a look at the root system, since there didn't otherwise seem to anything amiss with the trees. When I removed one of the trees from its pot (root ball intact), and I immediately saw the problem - grub larva from Japanese Beetles were devouring the tree's roots.

I inspected the roots on all the other trees and found the same thing. Obviously, the Japanese Beetles found the soil in those pots and the fruit tree roots too good to pass up - and there's no way to prevent this from happening on a daily basis. This presented a problem, since the only effective way to kill grubs in soil is with strong chemical treatment of GrubEX or a similar product. Those types of chemical grub killers will, of course, be absorbed into the tree itself and eventually into the fruit (if you get any). Those chemicals are not healthy to ingest!!

So, the problem was not worth the possible cure - especially the ingestion of that GrubEX chemical. The trees are gone now and some lovely Bellini raspberry crepe myrtle low-growing shrubs have taken their place. Just though you'd all like to know this.
January 31, 2021