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Stark® Lodi Apple

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The “early bird” of the orchard. Be the first in your neighborhood to enjoy homemade pies, cider and applesauce. While similar to Yellow Transparent, these apples are larger and keep better. Originates from Trinidad, Washington in 1964. Disease-resistant to powdery mildew. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark® BraeStar™ or Starkspur® UltraMac™.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early
Chill Hours 800 - 1500
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tangy
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

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 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'


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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
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Want an early summer apple
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
I have ordered from Stark Bros. and am always satisfied. The Lodi makes great applesauce!
Lynn K on Aug 15, 2020
Want an early summer apple
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
Needing more apple trees and need a good all around apple Lodi will fit my needs
Terry M on Jan 25, 2021
I have ordered from Stark Bros. and am always satisfied. The Lodi makes great applesauce!
Lynn K on Aug 15, 2020
Already have a Cortland and I still have room for another tree.
Norm P on Jun 3, 2020
Short season early producer recommended for alpine applications by U. of Idaho
Kent J on Apr 11, 2020
They are great for applesauce
Beth S on Apr 8, 2020
rep[acing dead tree tart apple pie apple
John C F on Mar 16, 2020
Great early apple. Wonderful applesauce! Adding a couple more as we lost one to wind storm.
Sarah S on Mar 9, 2020
Needed for pollination of Cortland apple trees
Logan M on Mar 8, 2020
great polinator
jeff m on Mar 8, 2020
I thought the Lodi would work well with the Fuji. Wish me luck.
Dave D on Mar 7, 2020
Never tried this apple but it fits my climate zone and I liked the description. Super excited that it produces in July.
Kimberly on Mar 6, 2020
I've heard good reports, and needed a pollinator for the September Wonder.
Jill D B on Mar 3, 2020
As a pollinator for other trees.
Daniel W on Mar 3, 2020
Lodi is a good apple for applesauce. Ripens early June.
Nell B on Feb 26, 2020
Love the applesauce made from this.
Rick W on Feb 22, 2020
Bernard Q on Dec 11, 2019
Need an early apple
EDWARD F on May 26, 2019
Early harvest
Stanley G on May 21, 2019
Lodi apples are the best for making applesauce.
Denny B on May 2, 2019
I???ve hade this variety in past on different property. It was hardy producer and the applesauce was unrivaled. Can???t wait for it to produce! Best of all, it???s early.
Bruce W on Apr 16, 2019
Pollinator to honey crisp and for pie baking
KAREN G on Apr 13, 2019
Favorite apple tree for applesauce
Paige P on Apr 10, 2019
pollinator for cortland
RANDY F on Mar 16, 2019
This is my favorite applesauce apple. My grandchildren love the sauce. I lost my big ole' tree and we miss it so much.
PHYLLIS C on Mar 16, 2019
Searching for an early pie apple to begin the apple season.
DOUG VALERIE K on Mar 8, 2019
we think they are the best baking apples ever
ROYCE S on Mar 4, 2019
Starting to expand our backyard orchard and our success has been thanks to your great trees we have purchased in the past. Thanks so much.
Ellen S on Mar 1, 2019
Excellent applesauce apple
Andy A on May 1, 2018
I love this apple because it allows me to put up apple sauce early in the summer before I'm tired of processing the harvest.
Rhonda S on Mar 1, 2018
A neighbor has a full size tree and the fruit are wonderful. We look forward to apples every year. I wanted a dwarf version to fit in my smaller yard.
James R on Oct 11, 2017
These are the best cooking apple for applesauce of all time.
Faye G on May 30, 2017
Best cooking apple I have used and comes in early.
Gerald C on May 7, 2017
I was looking for an early apple.
Constance R on Apr 26, 2017
The old "June cooking apple" has always been our favorite. All the old trees on our place have now died and the Lodi is their successor.
JACK W on Apr 22, 2017
Makes the best applesauce!
Margaret C on Apr 1, 2017
we love Lodi apples. At our previous home we had two Lodi apple trees and loved the applesauce that we made from those applesit is an excellent producer
KAREN W on Mar 13, 2017
Earliest Apple
June M on Feb 11, 2017
Great for applesauce.
TIMOTHY S on Nov 5, 2016
It is a tree I grew up with and reminds me of home.
DAVID D on Nov 2, 2016
Best apple for applesauce and applebutter. Needed dwarf size for espalier.
Sandy A on Oct 13, 2016
Delicious in apple pies!!
Dylan on Oct 4, 2016
I adore Yellow Transparent apples, but Stark doesn't offer them in a dwarf size and the one I had didn't do well in our heat and humidity. Lodi is similar but resistant to mildew, plus Stark offers it in a dwarf size that better fits my yard.
Nadine H on Jun 20, 2016
I chose the Stark Lodi because I know they are reliable and a good pollinator for the Macs
Timothy R on Jun 20, 2016
This one comes early. Not a good shipper, but a good home apple. I would also like to get a Yellow Transparent that starts dropping ripe apples in July.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
Makes best apple sauce ever!!!
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
My husbands Grandmother always made the best applesauce from Early Jume apples and this is the closest variety I can find to that.
Linda C on May 25, 2016
We call this a June apple, picked a little on the green side. Best frying Apple on the planet. My Grandmother got me hooked on this 50 years ago
GREG G on May 8, 2016
These trees are gorgeous and the fruit is so versatile. It is relatively new to the US and I wanted to introduce people to the wonders of this early apple. I hope it will be as easily accepted as the Yellow Delicious.
Kirsten H on Apr 18, 2016
We love applesauce, and lost our Yellow Transparent. This Lodi is advertised to be better!
William O on Apr 17, 2016
Needing more apple trees and need a good all around apple Lodi will fit my needs
Terry M on Jan 25, 2021
Already have a Cortland and I still have room for another tree.
Norm P on Jun 3, 2020
Are these the only trees the Lodi apple tree can be cross pollinated with?
Debbie C on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the full list would be quite long. For optimum pollination, choose another early or mid-blooming variety like McIntosh, Liberty, Braeburn (BraeStar), etc. If you need further advice on pollination, please call our customer support team: 800.325.4180
Will the Lodi apples ripen if they are picked before they are ripe? The birds are going to eat them before we can.
Diane K on Jul 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It will help tremendously to put netting over the tree to keep the birds ot - apples, unlike pears, do not ripen off the tree. Here is a link to the page: //
Will pink lady, fugi, or crabapples pollinate this tree?
Marjorie M on Jan 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The trees need to have similar bloom time in order for pollination to occur. The Lodi is an early season bloomer so a few good recommendations are Cortland, Stark?? BraeStar??? or Starkspur?? UltraMac??? or you can use a Chesnut crab apple for pollination as well.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When do I pick Lodi apples in Illinois this year? Are they ready yet?
Linda L on Jun 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This variety is usually ripe and ready to pick in July in most areas.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will a yellow delicious be a good pollinator for a Lodie ?
maureen p on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Lodi blooms very early; Golden Delicious blooms much later and would therefore not be a good match.
are these the apples that the "old folks" called "June Apples"?
Dorothy L on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they would. I haven't heard that expression in a long time. :-)
Am looking for the best apple for sauce. Transparent or a Lodi?? We are located in zone 5B.
John H on Mar 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We're very fond of Yellow Transparent for applesauce. It's also a very cold-hardy tree that would be well-suited to your zone. If you're interested in investigation that variety further, here is a link to the product page: //
This apples is sweet ?
Mevludin U on Oct 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. Lodi apples are tart and excellent for pies.
Would a Lodi be a good pollinator for a Yellow Transparent?
Nadine H on Aug 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes! They similar early bloom times.
Can crabapple trees be used as a pollinator for the Lodi Apple tree.?
Annette D on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, although bear in mind that Lodi is an early apple, so the partnering crabapple would also need to be an early bloomer.

Customer Reviews

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Great Sauce Apple
Have been exposed to Lodi apples for a lifetime......(73 yrs). Current dwarf is replacing tree damaged by storm.

Everyone loves the applesauce made from Lodi apples and many request some apples just to make a fresh batch of sauce. Grandchildren bring sauce up from fruit room "without being asked".

Ripens early but..............

"Goes from ripe to mush very quickly".
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
First ripe apple of the year and everyone loves them
I bought this apple as a semi dwarf many years ago from Stark. It is a favorite among my neighbors as it delivers bushels of early and sweet apples.
June 19, 2017
Stark Lodi Apple, Standard
Very vigorous growth! Gee, there's not much else to say when it's only been in the ground one year and has 100% deer protection, plus plant stem guard...
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Stark Lodi Apple
I planted one of these bareroot trees last year, and so far so good. The tree arrived in good condition and was pruned nicely. I seem to have better luck with the bareroot trees than the potted, but maybe it's my preference.
August 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
Stark Lodi Apple
Shipping was amazing with the packaging. The roots moist and ready to plant. Even after the heavy spring rains the tree exploded in green leaves.Another great tee from Starks.
May 16, 2017
over 3 years ago
Lodi in southern West Virginia
The Lodi planted last spring grew 6-10 inches and wintered ok-10f is leafing out nicely in May - The 8 yr old is 12 ft and lots of wonderful apples-similar to yellow transparent-but better in my opinion-grows faster and disease resistant.
May 10, 2016
over 5 years ago
Died over the summer
I must have not planted correctly as three of the four I ordered died.
May 14, 2016
over 6 years ago
The service and delivery were terrific. The tree was healthy and doing beautifully until I accidentally mowed it off! It is so hardy that it is sprouting back! I think it above the graph. Love this tree!
June 26, 2016
over 5 years ago
Looks Beutiful
No fruit yet but the tree took right off last year and looks terrific this spring.
May 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
Stark Lodi Apple
The apple tree arrived looking healthy. The weather was exceptionally warm when I planted the tree so it started growing leaves immediately. The expected happened (a freeze) and froze most of the leaves. Temps are now in the low to mid eighties, so it is breaking dormancy again.
My compliments to Stark Bros. The trees, vines, and berry bushes are always healthy and grow well.
March 12, 2016
over 5 years ago