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Stark® Red Romance® Apple

Item #137875, Standard, EZ Start®. Ships 1' 6" - 3' tall with advanced root system in a 4x4x10" EZ Start® Pot.
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Flavor rivals Honeycrisp. A deep-red dessert apple, with pale yellow-cream flesh that’s full of juice and sweet crunch. Tree grows like Gala, but thrives further south. Tolerates wet seasons with little or no fruit rot. Shows promising resistance to cedar apple rust, apple scab and fire blight. Stores up to 6 months. Originates from Winchester, Illinois in 2002. Ripens in early October, about 2-1/2 weeks after Honeycrisp. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety like Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan, or any Golden Delicious. May be covered by patent (U.S.P.P. application filed).


Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Rich Flavor
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
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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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 18 - 20' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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Why did you choose this?
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goes with my jonathan apple tree
richard f on May 8, 2019
goes with my jonathan apple tree
richard f on May 8, 2019
duplicate of existing tree
Joseph K on Apr 24, 2019
duplicate of existing tree
Joseph K on Apr 24, 2019
Would the Enterprise Apple work as a pollinator for the Red Romance? I'm looking for two varieties resistant to cedar apple rust. thanks!
Kim0603 on Jun 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's a little iffy ... there is some overlap in their bloom times. Jonafree would be a better pollinator and is also rust-resistant (as well as resistant to mildews and blight).
Will a Ruby Darling tree adequately pollinate a Red Romance tree?
Spicy15 on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have a similar bloom time.
Is this a dwarf tree? Wondering about size
Jatandra B on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree is available in dwarf and semi-dwarf sizes (see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu above).
Is this also a good fresh eating apple? And what other varieties are compatible pollinators with good disease resistance?
Beth W on Jan 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is an excellent eating apple, very similar to Honeycrisp. It is compatible with Stark Scarlet Crush, Hart's Fancy and Ruby Darling. They all bloom at approximately the same time and are all resistant to scab, rust, blight and rot. All four of these varieties are Honeycrisp, but better, and will grow further south. We just introduced them recently.
Will this Red Romance apple tree pollinate with a pink lady or a crabapple tree?
Kathryn E on Aug 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Red Romance is a later bloomer than those two; please see the recommended pollinators above for a suitable partner.
Is this the same tree as Ruby Darling?
Ukon Cornelious on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, they're not the same tree. They are both Honeycrisp/Gala crosses, however. They both ripen in early October, but if you live in an area with prolonged wet seasons, Stark?? Red Romance??? would be the better choice.
Will the Stark Red Romance and Liberty pollinate each other?
David M on May 23, 2020

Customer Reviews

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So far, so good!
Going into the second summer in the ground and to this point it has shown excellent resistance to cedar apple rust which is a major problem in my area. It has put one some good growth as well and with minimal effort. As long as it continues this trend and puts out a decent crop of tasty apples, it's going to be a nearly perfect apple tree!
June 26, 2019
1 year ago
Well the peach tree died and so far the apple trees are just starting to leaf out
May 13, 2019
over 2 years ago