About the Starkrimson® Red Delicious Apple Tree 

Rediscover the true taste of a classic with the Starkrimson® Red Delicious Apple Tree, a superior heirloom variety of the beloved Red Delicious. Unlike many modern Red Delicious apples found in grocery stores, this variety stays true to its roots, offering exceptional flavor and quality. Originating from Hood River, Oregon, in 1956, this spur-type tree is celebrated for its abundant yield and authentic, sweet taste.

Growing Starkrimson® Red Delicious Apples 

The Starkrimson® Red Delicious produces large bushels of flawless, 4-inch bright red apples, perfect for fresh eating, winter storage, and even cider making. It’s also resistant to cedar rust, fire blight, and powdery mildew, ensuring a reliable and healthy harvest. With chill hours ranging from 800 to 1500, this cold-hardy tree thrives in various climates and ripens in late September.

This exceptional variety is a fantastic choice for gardeners who want to experience the original flavor of Red Delicious apples with added disease resistance and hardiness. To ensure optimal fruit production, a pollinator is required, so consider pairing it with another apple variety for a fruitful harvest.

Bring back the original delicious taste and quality of Red Delicious apples with the Starkrimson®. See our recommended pollinators below to complete your orchard and enjoy a harvest that’s as rewarding as it is delicious.

Survival Guaranteed!

Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 800 - 1500
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 Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

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'

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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