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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.

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love the taste of the Golden Delicious Apple. Want home grown apples .
Gary W on Jul 13, 2020
I am building my backyard orchard.
cereta g on Jun 28, 2020
Love the taste of the Golden Delicious Apple. Want home grown apples .
Gary W on Jul 13, 2020
grows in my area
Jupp N on Jul 10, 2020
I am building my backyard orchard.
cereta g on Jun 28, 2020
My father loves this apple tree and orders only from Stark Bro???s.
Mark K on Jun 2, 2020
Starks is the best quality trees ive gotten , even if they make a mistake , it's fixed so fast it dosent matter. Love these guys!???????
Jonathan C on Jun 2, 2020
need a pollinator. would have preferred a more interesting heirloom apple tree.
Joseph O on Apr 23, 2020
it was the only cross pollinator available
Renate J on Apr 23, 2020
Yes
Michael w on Apr 22, 2020
I don???t have a lot of space in my yard. I am hoping to be able to grow these in large pots.
Ria B on Apr 21, 2020
This is my mom???s favorite apple
Charles T on Apr 21, 2020
Pollinator for Northern spy, but also nice eating/baking
Barbara H on Apr 20, 2020
The golden Delicious is one of our favorite apples.
Regina M on Apr 20, 2020
Pollinator for Gravenstein
Michael M on Apr 19, 2020
I love golden delicious apples. And the availability of a dwarf size is perfect!
Cole K on Apr 19, 2020
Heirloom and native to my area
Rebecca M on Apr 19, 2020
You have great trees and I wanted an apple
DEBORAH K on Apr 18, 2020
I tried a golden delicious apple from another company, unfortunately after a year it did not make it. Hopefully this is a much better apple tree, I need it as a pollinator for some other apple trees.
Kip o on Apr 17, 2020
self pollinating and a early mothers day gift.
Trey B on Apr 17, 2020
Every body like an Apple.
qiuyun c on Apr 16, 2020
self pollinating and good pollination source for the other variety apples trees I have. Oh, and they taste great!
Bdemont on Apr 15, 2020
hope it works for zone 8 and turns out as good as photo
Laura A on Apr 15, 2020
Needed pollinator for Granny smith apple tree I ordered from Stark last year which is doing splendid.
Stefan F on Apr 12, 2020
Mid season vigorous producer
Kent J on Apr 11, 2020
Golden Delicious is my son's favorite apple. He loves that it was developed/founded in West Virginia. We bought one to plant for him on our new farm.
Candace F on Apr 4, 2020
Because I love golden delicious apples. They taste great!
Cheryl B on Apr 4, 2020
To help pollinate another apple tree
Yvonne H on Apr 3, 2020
Great place to shop and good apple!
Linda P on Apr 2, 2020
one of the last varieties in stock
Terrance K on Mar 31, 2020
To espalier and pollinate my Northern Spy apple tree.
Craig F on Mar 30, 2020
Pollinator
Diane E on Mar 30, 2020
Cross pollination for Honeycrisps
Sue H on Mar 29, 2020
Grows well in this area; recommended by OSU Department of Agriculture; cross pollination with other apples in the orchard.
James H on Mar 7, 2020
The taste of golden delicious apples cannot be beat! They are wonderful for apple sauce and apple butter, etc.
Kimberly on Mar 6, 2020
UAEX recommendation for NWA
RICKY D on Mar 5, 2020
MY WIFES' FAVORITE VARIETY AND A GOOD POLINATOR.
Donald S on Mar 5, 2020
I've bought this variety of apple each year from a local orchard to make applesauce with. The applesauce always turns out perfect and I don't ever have to add sweetener. My kids all love it! I'm excited to grow my own!
Courtney D on Mar 4, 2020
Needed pollinator
matthew m on Mar 4, 2020
Pollination and supposed to grow well in Northern CO
Jessie H on Mar 2, 2020
Good eating apple and we use it in our apple butter.
David P on Mar 2, 2020
great pollinator
Sandra R on Mar 1, 2020
This is my favorite apple and I lost my golden delicious tree last year. Just replacing it.
Sue B on Feb 29, 2020
It is self-pollinating and I like this variety when I go to my local apple farms to pick apples.
Hilary S on Feb 27, 2020
Replace the one that died after 1 year.
CLINT S on Feb 21, 2020
Zone compatible
William R on Feb 19, 2020
Wind damage replacement
Howard R on Feb 17, 2020
This is a great apple for eating or making apple sause
Richard F P on Feb 15, 2020
gift
Bruce W on Feb 15, 2020
Need a pollinator for Gala and McIntosh
DAWN G on Feb 12, 2020
Recommended pollinator
Gregory B on Feb 12, 2020
Good eating apple. Also it is a pollinator
Jean H on Feb 9, 2020
grows in my area
Jupp N on Jul 10, 2020
My father loves this apple tree and orders only from Stark Bro???s.
Mark K on Jun 2, 2020
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-treesOur 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 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!
Can the Chehalis apple pollinate other apples such as Gala and Gravenstein?
Eric C on Jan 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Chehalis apple is an early season bloomer. The Gala and Gravenstein are mid-season bloomers. There is a possibility that they might overlap but no guarantee that this will happen each year.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long will it be before I see apples growing after planting ?
Tim L on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long before I see apples growing on tree after planting. ?
Tim L on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Taste-wise, are there any major differences between apples grown from this tree vs Starkspur Golden Delicious Apples (#4455)? Or is there only a difference in the number of apples each tree produces?
G M on Jan 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are the same great Golden Delicious with no difference in taste. The difference is how the tree produces fruit. The Starkspur is a Stark patented product since 1952! "Spurs" mean bigger harvests! Starkspur?? trees are different from regular trees which bear fruit only on the outside limbs. The spur allows fruit to form on each limb and bear from the trunk out - doubling the amount of fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I'm new to gardening and, if I order these, it'll be my first time growing anything. Will this tree need a lot of maintenance, and would it grow in a standard backyard without a fence?
Khadija A on Sep 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is a great tree for a beginning fruit grower. It's a "Stark Pick" which means it's easy to grow and low-maintenance. If you have deer nearby you will want to protect the tree as you would any fruit tree.
How many years can I expect fruit?
Richie on Sep 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-5 years to bear.
how long before the golden delicious bears fruit?
Jo ann D on Sep 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-5 years to bear.
I live in Michigan and would like to purchase 5-6 apple trees that are good cross pollinators. What do you recommend? These will be planted on our 40 acres and will not have constant attention. They need to be hardy. What types and when should I order them?
Chris F on Feb 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We'd be delighted to help you put together a custom "mini-orchard" for your growing zone, with all of the right pollinators. If you would please call 800.836.9630 during weekday business hours, we can connect you with one of our experts.
apple trees resistant to apple scab ?
Kevin P on Aug 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Here is a whole page of disease-resistant apple trees; just click on any image for variety details. //www.starkbros.com/search?query=disease+resistant+apple+trees
is a yellow delicious the same as a golden delicious?
john c on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is a "Yellow Delicious" apple out there, but it is not the same as Stark Golden Delicious.

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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
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 4 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 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 5 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 5 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
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 5 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 5 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 4 years ago