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Starkspur® Golden Delicious Apple

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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.


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!

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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There is no finer apple than a properly grown, fresh picked Golden Delicious.
Nancy W on Dec 25, 2017
This is my family's favorite apple. They are a great apple for cooking, canning and freezing.
SYLVIA S on Jul 10, 2017
There is no finer apple than a properly grown, fresh picked Golden Delicious.
Nancy W on Dec 25, 2017
My Grandparents had a golden delicious, I grew up with them, great apples.
Robert A on Nov 20, 2017
This is my family's favorite apple. They are a great apple for cooking, canning and freezing.
SYLVIA S on Jul 10, 2017
Golden Delicious is my favorite apple, and the fact that it is self-pollinating is great because my yard isn't very big
Carly B on May 30, 2017
Bought one from you probably 20+ years ago and it's our favorite apple tree
Cynthia C on May 11, 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 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
My Grandparents had a golden delicious, I grew up with them, great apples.
Robert A on Nov 20, 2017
Golden Delicious is my favorite apple, and the fact that it is self-pollinating is great because my yard isn't very big
Carly B on May 30, 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:
If the Starkspur Golden Delicious is in a pot, is it better to put it in an un heated garage for the winter?
Paul J on Jun 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Live in southeastern Massachusetts. Have left two small Japanese maples (small pots) in my unheated garage for the last two winters and finally got around to planting them this spring. Both doing great. Not the same trees that you are asking about.... but I think you???ll be ok.
How to prune this type tree?
John D on Aug 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You may prune this tree just like you would a non-spur bearing tree. Here is a very good article on pruning apple trees:
Will this pollenate red delicious?
james g on Jul 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
Pollinators for blonde apple ?
RICH G on May 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This variety is self-pollinating, but Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Enterprise, Fuji, Granny Smith and many others will help production.
Is the Starkspur Golden Delicious Apple Tree able to pollinize other trees as well as the regular Golden Delicious Apple Tree?
Gabreel G on Jan 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
will the golden delicious pollinate with my Arkansas Black?
Bill H on Oct 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They're in the same flowering period.
what are the odds that a golden delicious bare root tree will survive if planted in zone 6 B?
John E on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Excellent. This tree is zoned 4-9. It should do beautiful where you are with proper care and feeding.
What's the difference between Starkspur Golden Delicious and Stark Golden
Delicious apples?
Ann A on Oct 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Starkspur?? trees grow fruit from the ends of the limb all the way down the branch to the trunk, va. a non-spur-bearing tree, which bears fruit on the end of the limbs (most fruit trees bear this way). You will get at least twice as much fruit from a Starkspur?? tree.
Rookie fruit grower here in central Illinois. Is there a recommended spraying schedule for this tree?
Chris on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'd like to direct you to our Growing Guide, which is full of really solid information, especially for "rookies" like yourself. To answer your specific question, you can learn exactly what to do 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
over 4 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
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
over 4 years 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
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I would give it a rating of 5 stars! This Golden Delicious Apple tastes real crisp and sweet, that is the reason that Stark Bros call it their Starkspur Golden Delicious Apple!
May 19, 2017
over 3 years ago
Excellent fruit trees
Our purchase of a couple Apple trees and a pear tree was literally the first trees we had ever bought. They are growing into beautiful trees and we are so happy with them. One thing I have learned is that every bug and animal loves to eat fruit trees. It's been great taking care of our small backyard orchard. Thanks for such a great product.
May 20, 2017
over 3 years ago
Flowering in the South
This tree flowered the first year I planted it. I did pull them off so it could focus on growing. It grew about 3 feet! This is its second year so I let the flowers be. I’ve got a few small apples on the tree already and it’s still flowering. Can’t wait to try them.
May 3, 2019
1 year ago
Just go to year one
I ordered my first Sparkspur Golden Delicious Apple tree late April of last year and it Arrived fast and packaged really well. I was a bit concerned ordering a tree online but having work in the landscaping industry for years the packaging was perfect. I planted the tree that weekend and saw very little growth over summer but strong green leaves.

I ordered my second Starkspur golden Delicious the fall of 2016 this time i ordered the tree with the advanced root system and forgot to fence tree in so deer got to the tree. I am pleased with first year.

Spring of 2017- Both trees survived the winter despite the one tree getting nibbled on by deer. My advice spend the extra few dollars and purchase the advanced root system. Despite, getting nibbled on by deer and having 5 additional month in the ground the tree i planted in May seems to be a bit behind the one planted in the fall and just looks better.

I am very pleased with the apple trees I even purchased a Gala apple tree this spring and also purchased some tree prep so we shall see if that helps the trees grow faster.

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May 14, 2017
over 3 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
over 4 years ago