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About the Stark® Emerald Spire® Apple Tree

Maximize your growing space with this compact apple tree that bears full-sized fruit! Spire trees, sometimes called urban fruit trees or columnar trees, are gaining in popularity with backyard growers for their compact size, ease of maintenance, and for the idea of a quick, easy harvest. Columnar apple trees tend to bear fruit within the first couple of years!

When mature, columnar trees reach about 8-10 feet in height, but only spread about 2-3 feet wide – the apples grow from spurs along the trunk. The Emerald Spire is ideal for growing in containers or small spaces. Urban gardeners enjoy them as patio accents or planted in a row as an edible hedge.

The Emerald Spire produces attractive green apples with a beautiful golden blush. The apples are excellent for fresh eating and homemade apple sauce. You’ll enjoy the homegrown fruit when the apples ripen in early to mid-September.

Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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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 Tangy, Tart
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

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.

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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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 100' for best pollination.

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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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