Stark® Golden Delicious Apple

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Description

Easy to Grow! A Stark Pick

Change your perception of what “delicious” really means. In 1914, Paul Stark Sr. introduced an apple with an outstanding flavor that was sweet and juicy with a hint of spice. This highly productive tree bears the sensational fruit that, when picked at its peak, is better than what you find in supermarkets. An instant favorite for pies, salads, and your taste buds. Discovered by Anderson Mullins in West Virginia. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. One of the most dependable pollinators for other varieties. Ripens in late September. Self-pollinating.

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Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 800 - 1500
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Mild, Sweet
Texture Crisp, White
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide
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:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Pollination

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Same tree from our other property. Good tree
Donna on May 7, 2021
Pollinator for honeycrisp
dave s on Mar 22, 2021
Same tree from our other property. Good tree
Donna on May 7, 2021
As pollinator.
Dexter A on Apr 6, 2021
Pollinator for honeycrisp
dave s on Mar 22, 2021
I picked this because it is zone rated to zone 4. Our zone is rated at zone 5 but I have always gardened within the zone 4 guidelines with better success.
Kirsten H on Mar 17, 2021
Many of my current fruit trees require a pollinator from the Golden Delicious line. I believe in Stark trees and these are beautiful trees as well as useful pollinators.
Kirsten H on Mar 17, 2021
It was the only apple tree type available.
Elizabeth B on Mar 17, 2021
Good pollinator. And tasty
Steven K on Mar 15, 2021
My favorite apple
Mary W on Mar 14, 2021
Golden Delicious Apples are sweet, hardy, and can withstand neglect once established.
Teresa J P on Mar 14, 2021
Recommended by you and was only one in stock recommended for pollinator for AR Black.
Mark E C on Mar 13, 2021
pies.....
eldwayne p on Mar 9, 2021
Love these apples
Billy E on Mar 6, 2021
Makes good applesauce
Ernestine T on Mar 1, 2021
Pollinator
Jesse F on Feb 22, 2021
Pollinator apple tree for Grandgala apple tree, and I like the taste of golden apples.
RICHARD E on Feb 22, 2021
Self-pollinator
Cheryl H on Feb 21, 2021
Said easy to grow
Stephanie D on Feb 19, 2021
Crossroads pollenator
Keith H on Feb 18, 2021
cross pollination
David C on Feb 16, 2021
I love these apples.
Michael T on Feb 13, 2021
Low freeze requirement. I am in zone 9a, so we don't get much colder than 35 degrees in the winter.
Jesse R on Feb 10, 2021
had before
RAY P on Feb 3, 2021
Previous tree purchase several years ago (from a different company) died. Enjoyed these apples and know they grow well in zone 9, so this will be a replacement.
Sandra J on Jan 31, 2021
It's my favorite apple
Todd C on Jan 30, 2021
Variety, replacement tree, pollinator.
Lloyd K on Jan 30, 2021
It look like Gibson Golden instead of Golden delicious I saw in the grocery store.
Jean B on Jan 28, 2021
Polinator
Gail N on Jan 26, 2021
A good pollinator- easy to grow and recommended as such
Steve on Jan 22, 2021
Favorite flavor, compatible with zone.
John G on Jan 21, 2021
I've always wanted my own apple tree, but my gardening success has been hit and miss in the past so I wanted to try an easy starter that can pollinate others in the future if I have success
Sara W on Jan 18, 2021
It was a pollinator to the spy apples.
Bethann R on Jan 17, 2021
Just want to try them out and looking forward to enjoying them in a few years.
Hank U on Jan 13, 2021
We are starting an orchard. So I am looking for dual purpose apples and pollinators.
Nancy F on Jan 12, 2021
We have had Mac, Cortland and Golden Delicious trees when we lived in PA and they did well together. We also like Golden Delicious.
Paula M on Jan 12, 2021
Grows in my zone
Mario C on Jan 11, 2021
Pollinator for northern spy.
Paul C on Jan 4, 2021
Recommended tree to start small orchard of trees, because it will pollenate other apple trees.
smoky the bear on Jan 4, 2021
Cross pollination with existing Granny Smith trees
Ben T on Jan 3, 2021
My family grew this favorite all around pie and eating apple for the last 65 years. One year our standard tree produced 17 bushels of apples.
Bernard C on Jan 3, 2021
Needed a pollinator
SHELLEY M on Dec 29, 2020
Excellent in pies or fresh eating. Easy to grow and a good pollinator.
Michael Q on Dec 23, 2020
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Michael R on Dec 4, 2020
an apple a day
adrian b on Dec 4, 2020
Pollinator
Mark S on Dec 2, 2020
A good apple, self pollinating
Lillian K on Nov 29, 2020
It is Selff Pollinated and Cross Polinates the Honey Crisp.
Stephen B on Nov 27, 2020
I wanted a self pollinating apple tree
Thomas S on Nov 26, 2020
As a pollinator for the sheep???s nose apple
Kathleen S on Nov 26, 2020
Big advantage is self Pollination plus is it an old time favorite of mine that was dependable and great tasting.
Bill on Nov 25, 2020
Good over all apple
Susan S on Nov 23, 2020
As pollinator.
Dexter A on Apr 6, 2021
I picked this because it is zone rated to zone 4. Our zone is rated at zone 5 but I have always gardened within the zone 4 guidelines with better success.
Kirsten H on Mar 17, 2021
How long does it take for dwarf fruit tree to reach full height?
Cheryl D on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That depends on the tree, variety, environment, care, and maintenance. If you start with an average 3-4 ft tall apple tree, then I'd estimate it would be around 4-6 years after planting before it's near its 8-ft height. Just an estimate though. It's important to note that, under the right conditions, the tree often fruits before it has reached its mature height.
when does the Stark Golden Delicious bloom?
Don Z on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Golden Delicious blooms mid season, which overlaps the later blossoms of early-blooming varieties as well as the blossoms of later-blooming varieties. This helps it to be an excellent pollinator for other apple trees.
Can I espalier this tree?
Rakel B on Nov 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this one. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
My golden delicious does not produce fruit or blossoms. Is the fact that the tree is shaded by a larger non fruit tree cause a problem?
Larry on Apr 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6 hours a day of full sun in order to complete the fruiting cycle. There could be other reasons you're having a problem, however. Please do a soil test to check the pH (it should be between 5.5 - 6.5 for apple trees) and see which nutrients it might be missing. Then fertilize accordingly. Are there compatible pollinators in the immediate area? This article details some basic fruit tree requirements for fruit production.

//www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-tree-blooming-bearing-problems
When does a yellow apple tree grow leaves?
ROY on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The golden delicious apple tree starts to grow leaves in mid to late April.
What are the min. Chilling hours for golden delicious?
Kevin G on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am having trouble sifting through the trees that your system says are good for my zip code here in Florida which sits on the line of 9B and 10A as so many of your trees that say they are good for zone 9 show as good for me and then require 600-800 chill hours which we get nowhere near here and I don't think most zone 9 areas get. Is it possible to list required chill hours in top easy to find in all of your fruit trees instead of requiring everyone to ask for each one? Thanks, TJ
Is it possible for me to grow Stark Golden Delicious plant in a container?
Renuans on Oct 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! The dwarf size will give you the best chance of success. This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
I planted a golden delicious dwarf this spring & it is doing great but now it has yellow spots on the leaves. Any suggestions?
g3n3fi on May 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Check with your local county extension service about what to do. They are usually very knowledgeable and publish data sheets on all sorts of gardening problems. It is smart to get acquainted with their web site and learn how to contact them.
how cold hardy? early or late bloomer?
Bev L on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought it because it was available as a dwarf apple tree. It was listed as a pollinator of the red delicious apple tree and other varieties, as well as self-pollinating. Since I live in the north, I wanted a cold hardy, sweet apple tree that would survive the elements and blend in the suburbs. I plan on growing fruits of many layers in my landscape.
What is the difference between item numbers 9665 and 8511?
Nick B on Feb 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I really can't help you as they appear to be the same thing. Call Stark's and ask for someone knowledgable about these. The theory I have is related to the Red Delish, which has an original, more tasty version. of which I had 2 until a tornado destroyed 2/3 of our or hard, almost 3 yrs ago. There is also the most oftenly available "enhanced" newer Red Delish, which has been modified to ship better & have a more uniform shape & colour. But it has lost the "real" Red Delish tanginess for a mild sweetness. I wonder if the difference in numbers might reflect such de elopments in the Yellow Delish, which is why I recommend you call to speak to someine who really knows the apple trees. For myself, if thinking to order another Yellow Delish, and was not given a rezolute answer, and had room, I would get one of each to watch their separate development. I bought one two years ago and it fruited last year, but we are on a mountain & had a late May freeze, so had almost no fruit from the established trees, and none from the youngsters. Good luck!
Can I keep a dwarf in my house all year?
Tanah on Sep 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it cannot. Apple trees need to go dormant (experience a certain number of "chill hours", depending upon the variety) in order to complete the fruit cycle. The only trees that can be grown indoors all year 'round are citrus trees. Pollination (or lack thereof) would also be an issue; it needs a partner tree.
Fall okay to plant?
Jack S on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours in the fall last year, and they are doing fine so far. We got one apple from the small trees.
when are they ready to pick?
Kathy on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We love them when completely yellow, with maybe even a blush spot of pink. They are still firm but juicy right off the tree. They won't all ripen st the same time, so pick and choose the ripe ones.
Can the Stark golden delicious, granny smith and crabapple be espaliered?
Elizabeth T on Feb 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-treesOur detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
Any super dwarf patio type apple trees?
Mike N on Feb 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. WE currently do not offer any super dwarf / patio type fruit trees. You may grow dwarf trees in containers and they will mature 8-10 feet. The only thing that is similar would be our Bushel and Berry varieties as they only mature about 2-3 feet tall and grow well in planters, however they are berries such as blackberry, raspberry and blueberry.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will Dwarf Golden Delicious pollinate Semi-Dwarf Liberty?
HewnHaven on Jan 19, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes these will pollinate together to bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long before dwarf apple trees bear fruit on espaliers ?
Michele W on Jan 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. It generally takes five to seven years to create a completed espalier structure and harvest fruit. Until that time, prune out any developing fruit. Your goal in the first few years is to encourage the tree to put all of its energy into growing branches that establish the basic framework.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is the start golden delicious resistant to any fungi ir pests?
Michele S on Dec 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thus variety is not disease resistant and is susceptible. Here is a link to all the disease resistant varieties we offer https://www.starkbros.com/search?q=disease+resistant+apple+trees&showall=true
I had purchased Granny Smith apples but have not been delivered checking to make sure they are cedar rust resistant... I had planned to buy golden delicious apples trees as well are they cedar rust resistant as well?
Christien C on Nov 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this variety is not disease resistant. Please visit this link to research which varieties are resistant. https://www.starkbros.com/search?q=disease+resistant+apple+trees&showall=true
Can I plant in November in ohio?
Mark R on Nov 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
is this available to ship now?
Chris S on Oct 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This variety is showing available for shipping the 1st week of November. The best option is to go to the product on our website and put in your zip code and it will let you know if it is available to ship to your zone and when.
When do they get ripe?
Jimmy S on Aug 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Harvest is in Late September for this variety.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When will my honey crisp be ready to pick in zone 7b?
Bob B on Aug 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The ripening and harvest for the Honey crisp variety is early September.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
can I plant apple tree in a half barrel ?
jay c on Jul 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
I purchased a dwarf Golden Delicious apple in September, 2014 in honor of my granddaughter's birth. It has still not bloomed, but is thriving with green growth. When can I expect it to bloom?
Daphne S on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. First, do a soil test to check the pH (it should be between 5.5 - 6.5 for apple trees) and see which nutrients it might be missing. Then fertilize accordingly. Is the tree getting at least 6 hours of full sun? Are your trees compatible pollinators, or the same variety? If the latter, that's why you're not getting a crop. There are other reasons a tree might not be bearing fruit as you expect. This article details some basic fruit tree requirements for fruit production.

//www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-tree-blooming-bearing-problems
Do you still have super or mini dwarf spur apple trees? Smaller than your dwarf?
Don W on Apr 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. We unfortunately do not stock any mini dwarf trees at this time. Dwarf or Semi- dwarf is all we carry in the apple variety. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Have a great day!
I have a red gala dwarf, and am seeking choices for a pollinator (mine did not survive the winter). Can you offer choices you have in stock?
Jayne R on Apr 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have always used Stark brothers for my fruit trees. If any of my trees that I purchased that year do not survive they always replaced them. But, I have a yellow delicious apple dwarf as my pollinator for a variety of other apple trees.
Do yellow delicious trees come in the dwarf size?
Mike K on Apr 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I ordered a semi-dwarf tree, its doing great but you'll have to check availability on a dwa on a dwarf tree.
I would like to get one of your Golden Delicious and one of the Gary Smiths. I would like to get them both bare root supreme XL tree. Your on line catalog said you were of this type. Are you able to email me when they are ready or will it be to long to know when they can be shipped? Also I live in Central Missouri and would these trees do well here? Thank you Robin
Robin G on Apr 4, 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!

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What size rootstock does semi dwarf and mid size have?
Cameron T on Feb 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

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3 Dwarf Supreme
I ordered 3 Dwarf Supreme Apple trees 25 May 2014. Holes dug, soil tested & prepared prior, planted the day of arrival.
By dormant time in the fall, the Enterprise had grown about 1 foot, adding another 2 feet in the 2015 growing season, with no blooms in spring 2016.
The Starkrimson Gala grew about 2 feet in 2014, adding another 3 feet in 2015, with 3 blooms and now 3 small apples growing in spring 2016, slightly less than two years from planting.
The Golden Delicious grew to well over 6 feet tall in 2014, topping out over 8 feet tall in 2015. This year after heavy pruning, there are 14 apples growing. The tree is about 9 feet tall, and my smile is a mile wide.
I recommend the Stark Dwarf Supreme to anyone serious about planting apple trees.
PS: I am a descendant of the Mullins from whose farm the "Mullins Yellow Seedling" originated.
I give permission to use all or part of this review anyway Stark desires.
Rod Steorts,
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Very Happy!
Initially, I purchased these to fertilize my Apple Crisp and wasn't really expecting much else because I don't really like Delicious apples. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! These are very tasty, off the tree..but I've canned some apple sauce too and used them in various recipes and I never would have bought (too pricey!) them. Super happy with my purchase!
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Stark Golden Delicious Apple
You need to have a lot of golden delicious in your orchard. We have them in the center of our 40 trees and are planning to plant more on both ends. They cross pollinate and so far have been our biggest producer with large apples.
March 12, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Stark Golden Delicious apple
Very happy with my gold delicious tree. I bought it 2 summers ago and was very surprised to see that it's full of little baby apples this year!
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Tough tree
I've been gardening for so long that I have to think a while before I know where I have room to fit a new plant. Sometimes I settle for locations that may be a bit questionable. I planted my golden delicious in such a spot but my worries vanished when it came out of dormancy and took off with a vigor that has lasted into its second year. That's a testament to the quality of the plant when I purchased it. Very satisfied.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
After one year: looks great!
This is year two of my little tree. It showed up as a supreme-sized whip. It currently has several branches, leafed out really well, and is showing lots of growth. I pruned it like Stark Bros. suggested at the beginning of the season and, after that, it really took off. I can't wait to see what it looks like at the end of the summer!
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Doing well thus far
The bare-root tree I was sent was small when we received it - but did very well rooting and seems to be doing well even though the area that it is planted in has poor soil quality. I do not baby my trees, so I am impressed that it is successfully putting roots down before it is old enough to bare fruit. I think that will help immensely to have a good root system before fruit production occurs.
June 2, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
So far, so good!
Was reluctant to get a tree online. It arrived late last season, planted it, and it took root. It was not as big as I expected BUT this year it has really chugged along with grow and flowering. Very impressive growth in fact! I also ordered some fruit tree 'food' to help fertilize and protect the tree. I would recommend Starks.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Second Season Growth
Stark Golden Delicious apple growing well on second season. Looks healthy. Several more years before fruit will set but the tree looks very healthy.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Great so far!
This is my first go round with fruit trees. I purchased and planted the tree last year. It had good growth last year and looks great this year. I anxious for it to start bearing fruit. I purchased more trees this year!
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago