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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.


Bloom Color White
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:
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:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

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!

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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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
To pollinate Honeycrisp apple tree
Ashley B on Feb 22, 2019
Def pollinating to plant close to the house by itself. Mainly for the wife and kids to pick apples from the limb to eat.
Nate P on Feb 19, 2019
To pollinate Honeycrisp apple tree
Ashley B on Feb 22, 2019
Pollinator for my winesap
Ruth N on Feb 20, 2019
Def pollinating to plant close to the house by itself. Mainly for the wife and kids to pick apples from the limb to eat.
Nate P on Feb 19, 2019
Pollinator also daughter loves these apples
Patricia S on Feb 18, 2019
My zip
ALICIA G on Feb 18, 2019
Mike T on Feb 13, 2019
I chose this as a pollinator for the Dwarf Starkrimson Gala Apple tree purchased today. Plus we love Golden Delicious Apples.
PAULA L on Feb 11, 2019
I have had good luck with GD Apples in the past.
It will also serve as a pollinator for my other apple trees
G R W on Feb 8, 2019
I need a universal pollinator for my other apple trees. And these look delicious. .
Jeremy W on Feb 7, 2019
to pollinate the pound sweet apple sweet tree
DANIEL P on Feb 7, 2019
Strait-line winds uprooted ours last year. This is one of the best applesauce apples and a great addition to our cider. It cans, freezes and dehydrates well.
Audree N on Feb 4, 2019
Universal pollinator and it's also a great tasting apple
RITA D on Jan 31, 2019
I just love these apples, and it's a pollinator for my KinderKrisp.
Sly on Jan 27, 2019
We enjoy this apple
Jim H on Jan 27, 2019
Pollinator for Cinnamon Spice in Zone 9
JEANETTE M on Jan 14, 2019
hardy for Montana and a good pollinator
JUDITH B on Dec 31, 2018
Primarily as a good pollinator for my other apple trees, that also tastes good!
Judy J on Dec 7, 2018
Good for my area, to bring in white tail during bow season and into winter.
Kyle P on Nov 5, 2018
My Favorite Apple
Vernita W on Nov 4, 2018
Needed a pollinator for my Arkansas Black
Culber S on Nov 3, 2018
JAMES R W on Nov 3, 2018
It is my favorite apple, very delicious. I already bought one several years ago and have moved, I want another on my property! Linda
Linda C L on Oct 22, 2018
Great tasting apple and good for pollinating the other apple trees.
Boyd T on Oct 20, 2018
I grew up in Clay, WV, home of the Golden Delicious Apple.
Daniel G on Oct 18, 2018
Everything I have ordered from Stark bros is the best and always easy to grow. Very happy in the past.
Chris B on Oct 6, 2018
I wanted a yellow apple
it is self pollinating
I think this specific tree will be pretty
Vicky B on Oct 4, 2018
To pollinate my Arkansas Blacks.
Josephine G on Sep 28, 2018
best cooking apple
Jean L M on Sep 21, 2018
An old favorite
JAMES A on Sep 18, 2018
Cross pollination with Northern spy and Red astrican apples
John P on Sep 18, 2018
Great pollinator
endels construction on May 19, 2018
I read the reviews and this sounds like a good apple to have.
Linda S on May 7, 2018
This is my favorite apple! Most people want spicy tasting apples, but give me a great Golden Delicious anytime over others.
DAVID H on Nov 18, 2017
Because it's easy to grow and a good cross pollinator. Besides, they are delicious, versatile apples.
Kate R on Oct 10, 2017
needed a pollinator for the honeycrisp, and the golden delicious is an outstanding mellow apple, a nice compliment to tang of honeycrisp.
jeannie s on Aug 29, 2017
Are you kidding? I'm from West Virginia. I have to have Golden Delicious. It is also a pollinator for everything else.
BRUCE L on Jun 20, 2017
I chose this apple as one of the anchor pollinators for my home orchard. (And of course, it will be delicious too.)
SUSAN O on Apr 28, 2017
A very important pollinator for your orchard.
Daniel L on Apr 5, 2017
Reputation as a good pollinator
HEIDI A on Mar 27, 2017
Good all purpose apple and great pollinator.
Chuck B on Mar 9, 2017
Prior purchase grew well. Space and size of tree.
GLENN K on Mar 7, 2017
I heard this apple originally was cultivate in West Virginia,(my state) and I want to grow it here.Also, they are delicious!
KATY M on Mar 6, 2017
Love the taste and they keep well.
Bruce B on Mar 4, 2017
Enjoyed this apple as a child. Wanted to have one in my personal apple orchard.
James C on Feb 2, 2017
I love apples and wanted to try something that might grow in Florida.
George F on Jan 28, 2017
Pollination and heat tolerance.
JIM L on Jan 27, 2017
Because it's a W.Va. legend.
Joe on Jan 15, 2017
Good trees I got from starkbros before with excellent flavor and all around use. Vary hardy. Ripe in September
John N on Jan 6, 2017
It is one of the recommended varieties by NC State for the Piedmont in NC...and the wife likes yellow apples. It is also an excellent pollinator for my red apples
Michael L on Dec 26, 2016
Did research on best apple for pies/canning that will produce in my area. Good pollinator. Can't wait for my order to arrive so I can give it a new home.
Sandy G on Nov 10, 2016
Pollinator for my winesap
Ruth N on Feb 20, 2019
Pollinator also daughter loves these apples
Patricia S on Feb 18, 2019
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: Early to mid April weather permitting
When does a yellow apple tree grow leaves?
Roy H on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The golden delicious apple tree starts to grow leaves in mid to late April.
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: // detailed article can be found here: //
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" //
What are the min. Chilling hours for golden delicious?
Kevin G on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The minimum is 600 chill hours.
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.
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.
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. //
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.
Can I choose Golden Delicious Apple tree as a pollinator for Pink Lady Apple tree?
Sijoy T on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can - they are both mid-season bloomers.
Chill hours for this apple tree?
KattRambo on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree requires 700 chill hours.
Will the pollinator bear fruit too?
Rose M on Mar 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will, presuming it's properly cared for. The trees serve to pollinate each other.
What is the difference between Stark?? Golden Delicious Apple and Starkspur?? Golden Delicious Apple?
Joe G on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Stark?? Golden Delicious Apple fruit is borne on the brand ends of the tree; Starkspur?? Golden Delicious Apple fruit is borne all up and down the limbs of the tree. It produces an abundance of fruit!
Is this a good pollinator for the southern ANNA ?
Allison A on Aug 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Golden Delicious a pretty good pollinator in general. I'm not sure which zone you're growing in, but Fuji, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady would also work, as well as any crabapples that bloom nearby. Other low-chill varieties like Dorsett Golden are typically recommended to pollinate the Anna apple in warmer climates.
Is this a tree that will NOT be susceptible to woolly Apple aphids?
Elaine R on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This variety is not said to be outstandingly resistant (or susceptible) to woolly apple aphids and I'm not familiar with any apple variety that is resistant. If you know that woolly apple aphids are problematic in your area, you may need to consider some form of pest control. Your local county extension should be able to advise you further.
can I use Golden delicious apple to cross pollinate the honey crisp apple?
amir h on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can; the Golden Delicious is a great pollinator for Honeycrisp. These are all the trees we recommend as Honeycrisp apple tree pollinators:
I planted a dwarf golden delicious apple tree,and have blister like spots under all of the leaves?
jerry k on Jun 17, 2017

Customer Reviews

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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
over 3 years ago
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
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
over 3 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
over 4 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
over 4 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
over 3 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
over 4 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
over 3 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
over 4 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
over 2 years ago