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About the Stark® Scarlet Spire® Apple Tree

A small fruit tree for any-sized garden! The Stark Scarlet Spire Apple tree is ideal for container gardening and planting in tight spaces. When mature, this tree will reach about 8-10 feet in height, and only spreads about 2-3 feet wide, with the apples growing from spurs along the trunk.

Spire trees are sometimes called urban fruit trees or columnar trees. Gardeners in limited growing space love to keep these column-shaped fruit trees on their patios or planted in a row as an edible privacy hedge. They are loved for their compact size, ease of maintenance, as well as how quick they are to bear. These small fruit trees tend to bloom and set fruit within the first couple of years!

Enjoy these homegrown apples when they ripen in late September. The Scarlet Spire bears bright blushed red over green apples that are excellent for eating fresh, homemade apple sauce, and juicing.

Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety like Stark® Crimson Spire®, Stark® Emerald Spire®, Stark® Ultra Spire®, or Stark® Maypole Flowering Crabapple. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 800 - 1200
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Spicy
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 2 - 3' apart to ensure room for growth.

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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


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 100' 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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