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Time-tested and crowd-approved! Our most popular Red Delicious. We introduced this variety to rave reviews, and the bravos keep coming. Many orchards plant this spur-type tree because of its highly productive nature — it produces bushel after bushel of picture-perfect 4" red apples. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September. Best pollinators: Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan, Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty or any Golden Delicious.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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

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 requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Related Assortments

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We bundle many of our popular products in assortments with other items that compliment each other. Plus, when you purchase an assortment, you save money compared to buying each item individually!

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My youngest son loves these
Cecilia R on Jun 20, 2016
Beautiful apple
RAY S on Jun 15, 2016
My youngest son loves these
Cecilia R on Jun 20, 2016
I love red delicious apples.
Rickey S on Jun 19, 2016
Beautiful apple
RAY S on Jun 15, 2016
Love red delicious apple and wanted one in my garden.
UGOEZI A on Jun 5, 2016
My daughter's favorite Apple.
BEVERLY S on Jun 5, 2016
Good eating fresh
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
It can pollinate my Winecrisp apple tree and replace my crabapple tree Spring Snow for a more dwarf apple tree in the backyard. Good all-around disease resistance with some susceptibility to scab. The taste is very familiar to the store bought ones as well.
Sharifur S on May 25, 2016
I have a friend that has this tree and it is healthy and a great producer
Robert P on May 16, 2016
My husband is a big fan of Red Delicious.
SIMONE L on May 14, 2016
In my opinion, nothing beats a Red Delicious, and my old trees are too big to maintain so I am changing to a dwarf.
Paul W on May 10, 2016
This is my son's favorite apple. I am glad to be able to get it in Dwarf size.
kim d on Apr 25, 2016
reworking a corn field
Peter M on Apr 25, 2016
my favorite apple
fred o on Apr 18, 2016
A great apple that we all love and enjoy
ronnie s on Apr 8, 2016
A great eating apple that is hard to beat for taste.
Morris H on Apr 6, 2016
Really like the flavor of this Apple to eat.
Phyllis S on Apr 3, 2016
Ive grown about every other type, but not a red delicious
DOUG T on Mar 28, 2016
The best tasting red delicious we have ever grown!!!
DAVID M on Mar 23, 2016
Red Delicious Apples are a standard of tartness.
MICHAEL Q on Mar 17, 2016
works in my area well
Joseph C on Mar 7, 2016
this tree is also from my child hood even though this tree is gone the memory of running to the ball field and grabbing apples from the tree instead of eating dinner, or grabbing them from the tree in the morning to eat while waiting on the bus to come. this tree will be for my first granddaughter tessah to have a taste of my child hood. so i thank you for the continued good work..
ANTHONY S on Feb 20, 2016
I love red delicious apples.
Rickey S on Jun 19, 2016
Love red delicious apple and wanted one in my garden.
UGOEZI A on Jun 5, 2016
How Disease resistant is this red delicious variety?
Jeanette L on Oct 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Any fruit tree can be susceptible to disease, depending upon the weather conditions and how it's cared for (or not cared for). An apple tree that has some resistance to mildew may suffer severe mildew damage if the temperature is 90?? with very high humidity and low winds every day for a long stretch.

While it's not possible to specifically say how much resistance a given tree has to a given disease, under average conditions, Starkrimson?? Red Delicious does have some resistance to mildew and fireblight, and is very resistant to cedar apple rust.
I have cinnamon spice and chenango strawberry will they adequately pollinate this?
Heather E on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, those apple varieties would all cross-pollinate well together.
Will a Granny Smith be an adequate pollinators for a Red Delicious?
Suzanne on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry! Yes, the Granny Smith and Starkrimson Red Delicious will pollinate each other.

Customer Reviews

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love our red delicious trees from the best fruit tree ever
last years purchases are the healthiest trees in the orchard. We have been so delighted with a previous purchase of the Red delicious tree and when it was struck with lightening, we were devastated. There is no words to tell you how happy we are with the replacement trees
March 5, 2016
1 year ago
Didn't grow.
Very disappointed. The tree got 4 leaves in over a year since I planted it. It didn't grow at all. It looks sick and stunted.
August 15, 2016
1 year ago
Arrived in great shape!
The tree came with a nice sized root stock and started leafing out almost immediately. I was tempted to order ten more! The tree looks very healthy and I expect it will do well over the years. I look forward to tasting the apples in the next few years!
June 21, 2016
7 months ago
Nice Tree
The tree arrived in great shape and took to the earth as we hoped; we fertilized and mulched, had 6 foot fencing all around, and it flourished. We planted in a small stand of apple trees on our property at the 7,500 foot level of the Mogollon Rim, hoping for cross-pollination as the little tree matured. However, during the winter, despite having screen protection, some small critter managed to get high enough in the snow to nibble away the entire top of our small apple tree. The culprit left the bottom one foot remaining, and it did not come back this spring. Dang it.
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
red delicious
The Stark Red Delicious apple trees are great! The trees are reliable and produce a large crop of wonderfully delicious apples.
November 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
Fantastic experience with Stark Bros
I admit that at the time that I am writing this, my trees are babies. They've only just been planted today. I'll come back in a couple of years after they've had a chance to produce to comment on the apples. What I CAN comment on is how great my experience has been with Stark Bros. They don't make you feel like simply a customer. You feel as though you've joined a gardening club of sorts. It's my first time planting fruit trees, so I had a couple of questions. I called, got right through, and talked to someone who treated me like an old neighbor or friend. The trees came perfectly, well maintained and pruned by the nursery. You can tell that they care about their plants and want to give you a quality tree to continue that legacy. I will be ordering many more plants and trees from Stark Bros. Next up: Peach trees!
September 10, 2016
Starkrimson Red Delicious
This tree has also doubled in size. It is very healthy. It has not produced any blooms yet.
June 3, 2016
1 year ago
red delious
Our tree is growing and healthy. It is of course too young yet to produce any fruit, but at this point that should not be a problem. We are very pleased with the service we have experienced with the company and will continue to use them.
June 30, 2016
1 year ago
Starkrimson Red Delicious Apple
of our 32 trees this is the best quality tree, the most reliable producer and the biggest, nicest, and best tasting apples. liked it so well that we planted another one last year
January 22, 2017
over 2 years ago
Quick growth
Received tree quickly and planted next day. Tree took off right away and is doing well in the second year. Would buy again.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
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