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Double your harvest! Unlike tip-bearing apple trees, this tree’s spur-type nature allows fruit to form along each limb — bearing from the trunk out. This means more of your favorite Golden apples from one tree. May crop heavily, so thin fruit to avoid biennial bearing and fruit drop. Harvest a bounty of crisp, juicy apples with delectable sweetness and a hint of spice. Originates from Parker, Washington in 1961. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Spicy
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Related Assortments

This item is also available in this money saving assortment.

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

Estimated Delivery Date

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1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Great pollinating apple tree for the honey crisp apple.
LILLIE C on Mar 16, 2017
Fresh eating, juice making and pie baking
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
Great pollinating apple tree for the honey crisp apple.
LILLIE C on Mar 16, 2017
Already have a Honey Crisp and ordered a KinderKrsip, want to see how this one self-pollinates and helps the other trees out.
Chris M on Mar 10, 2017
Fresh eating, juice making and pie baking
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
I chose this for my pollinator for Honeycrisp.
Melissa J on Feb 24, 2017
Best pollinator plus Golden Delicious makes great apple sauce and apple butter!
Betty N on Jan 12, 2017
Purchased primarily as a pollinator for the other varieties I purchased, but I like Golden Delicious flavor too. I picked the Starkspur variety over the regular Starks GD because why wouldn't I try a tree that can produce twice as much for the same price?! Hopefully this tree's lack of disease resistance won't become too big of a problem in my area.
Alistair H on Dec 17, 2016
We were looking for a good delicious crisp eating apple we have a Granny Smith tree which slowed down producing apples when the neighbors apple tree died. We needed a good cross pollinator for our existing Granny Smith.
Kevin H on Nov 18, 2016
its seems the best for me it has a great taste
steven J on Nov 6, 2016
like these apples for apple sauce, pollinator
charles s on Oct 30, 2016
This apple is purported to do well in southern IN and is a favorite eating apple, juicy, crisp, and sweet.
Jane T on Oct 10, 2016
It is a great eating apple and pollinator.
RICHARD S on Oct 5, 2016
My favorite apple, and want to try a spur type tree
Barry W on Sep 3, 2016
Still remember the fresh taste from my youth
RAY S on Jun 15, 2016
Love golden delicious apples and thought this one would be a good addition.
ELIZABETH S on Jun 4, 2016
This is a self pollinating tree. There are no apple trees any where near my southern California home. I'm looking forward to planting the Ginger Gold next year. Very excited to have apples in my backyard!
Holly N on May 25, 2016
My current Starkspur is starting to get old. This will be my new pollinator.
Phillip P on May 12, 2016
Golden Delicious grows in Zone 4, self-pollinates, and, as its name suggests, is delicious.
Anne M on May 11, 2016
Have had this tree in the past and it was excellent. Would recommend to anyone
ROBERT G on May 10, 2016
Thought it would be a good pollinator and works in my zone.
Ben Y on May 10, 2016
dwarf size for espalier and as pollinator
Andrea C on May 8, 2016
A family member's favorite Apple.
GREG G on May 8, 2016
Good tasting and cross pollinator
Paul M on May 3, 2016
my daddy always bought from this company when I was a child
Deborah M on May 2, 2016
These apples are tasty and wonderful pollinators.
Annette F on Apr 29, 2016
for friend in Georgia, for pollenate Grannies
Robert M on Apr 27, 2016
Golden Delicious are great cross-pollinators with other varieties. Also taste really good.
Gardner H B on Apr 24, 2016
My neighbors love fruit. I decided to purchase their two daughters fruit trees. They choose this and the Honeycrisp Apple.
Lillie W on Apr 19, 2016
I needed a pollinator and this is a beautiful tree.
Kirsten H on Apr 18, 2016
I like this apple and am interested in the higher yield from the spur variety.
Laura B on Apr 9, 2016
I can eat yellow apples. They are lower in salicylates.
Donna S on Apr 3, 2016
Love Golden Delicious apples... Really good when dried...
David H on Apr 2, 2016
Good eating apple, and can still make jellies, sauces etc so all around good choice
Ann R on Mar 29, 2016
I wanted a familiar taste with good production.
Duane A on Mar 29, 2016
spur trees have been faster to grow and produce, and the variety is a good general purpose apple
alan r on Mar 26, 2016
To pollinate other apple trees and we like the taste
Don S on Mar 20, 2016
I chose this tree because my sister has one and the apples are wonderful! It is also to pollinate my honeycrisp trees and for my new addition: a beehive!
SHARI D on Mar 16, 2016
Because of the Starkspur!
DON W on Mar 15, 2016
Golden Delicious is my fav apple. This tree grows huge amounts of delicious fruits. Really easy to maintain.
Chris P on Mar 15, 2016
This is my favorite eating apple. It also is great for cooking. You can't beat Stark quality!
John H on Mar 12, 2016
My family loves fruit and I love to take care of plants; all of these work for me and my family for our zone type. This way the plants are happy and we are happy.
Barbara G on Mar 9, 2016
Because its an all around good pollinator for other varieties
Michael I on Mar 8, 2016
Pollinator and good eating to boot!
Theodore V on Mar 5, 2016
This tree replaces an 18 year old Starkspur Golden Delicious Apple that died last year. This tree requires special attention to avoid fungus issues, but it has a much crisper flavor than other golden delicious apples.
HAROLD K on Mar 3, 2016
I have a red delicious spur tree and I think they hold up under big loads better and the apples don't seem to get whipped off in the wind as badly. The other type trees need their limbs propped in order to keep them from splitting off.
Nola H on Mar 1, 2016
Need a good pollinator for Cortland and gala trees
Carolyn S on Feb 29, 2016
Needed an ideal pollinator that bears great fruit.
Alan B on Feb 28, 2016
My favorite fruit!
Lorraine B on Feb 26, 2016
A suggested pollinator for HoneyCrisp supreme
jamie k on Feb 25, 2016
Dad told me to buy this
James J on Feb 24, 2016
Good pollinator for Cox Orange Pippin. Also a good apple for applesauce.
RICHARD T on Feb 20, 2016
Already have a Honey Crisp and ordered a KinderKrsip, want to see how this one self-pollinates and helps the other trees out.
Chris M on Mar 10, 2017
I chose this for my pollinator for Honeycrisp.
Melissa J on Feb 24, 2017
are there any dwarf trees that are rust resistant ?
thomas on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. There are several apple varieties that are rust-resistant. We actually have a whole collection of them, which you can read about here:
How much direct sunlight does this tree require?
Katherine T on Oct 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. It needs at least 6 hours of full sun each day.

Customer Reviews

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A wonderful tree for the home garden
I purchased the Starkspur Golden dwarf over 25 years ago and planted it in my front yard. It has grown into a beautiful 20 foot tree with an 18 inch diameter trunk. It fruits prolifically (300 Lb) every other year producing the most delicious tangy, juicy and crisp fruit right off the tree in October (zone 6a). Let them ripen on the table a week or so and they are as sweet as you could want and just the slightest bit mealy. On the off years it produces about 40Lb. It's never had a problem with rust but it does develop scab if I don't keep up spraying during wet summers.
May 3, 2016
First time purchase
This was the first experience I've had with purchasing and planting a bare roots tree. The detailed instructions and care information available was awesome for someone who has never planted a tree. It's been about a year since planted and the tree is flourishing. It has grown so much over the past year, establishing roots and has lovely green leaves. :) I have bought three additional plants since and had the same great experience from Stark Bros. Would highly recommend them.
June 23, 2016
1 year ago
Flowered the year after planting!
Beautiful little tree that overwintered great in Southeast Alaska. I was shocked this spring when it burst into profuse blooms after being in the ground only one year. Of course, I'll pinch off all the flowers to give the tree a chance to grow a bit more first. If someone has an established tree that needs pollination ASAP this would be an excellent choice. Whether or not it can produce a ripe apple in our short season is another question....I like pushing the limits.
May 27, 2016
Buy the best almost always get the best
As usual I expect the best from Starks and it always arrives the best. My little 4 foot Yellow Delicious tree was eager to be planted and to burst open it's mightiness. Thanks Stark for being so professional.
March 4, 2016
1 year ago
It grew well and has little apples already on it for it's 2nd Spring.
May 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
Second tree. Had one at old house that gave many excellent apples. I hope this tree produces as well. We'll see in a few years. No complaints.
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
Very hopeful for new tree: has great growth habit and loaded with new fruit.
This tree is really showing real promise for a 2nd year tree. It has a great growth habit with a lot of flowers/small fruit on this spring. Hoping for a small harvest off of this Starkspur Golden Delicious Apple this year with a bounteous harvest for years to come.
May 18, 2016
over 3 years ago
Producing in the 3rd year
This is the third year for this tree and it had a moderate amount of apples growing. I have heard that this type of tree has a production pattern of heavy one year and lighter the following year. Tree is probably about 15 ft. tall now.
August 9, 2016
I am disappointed in my purchase. I planted two of these trees in Spring of 2015. Now 5/11/16 and one tree has no leaves the other only one leaf. Pretty sure they will die shortly.
May 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your trees. Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
May 11, 2016
Brenda HStaff
Great Take-off this Year!
I planted my little dead-looking twigs about 10 weeks ago, I have healthy looking starts with 2-5 inch branches already profuse with new green leaves. Very hardy start and we will see what happens in future years:-)
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
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