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Starkspur® Winesap Apple

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A time-tested favorite. Its spicy, tart flavor has been compared to wine. These dependable producers have been improved to start bearing at an even earlier age. Originates from Oroville, Washington in 1969. Ripens in mid-October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Mid October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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 compatability 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 50' 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

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Why did you choose this?
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Never tried yet but stark bros plants have always worked for me, figured there great like the rest I got. Stark bros plants just work
Jonathan C on May 1, 2020
Needed polinator and not much else left
Mike L on Apr 20, 2020
Never tried yet but stark bros plants have always worked for me, figured there great like the rest I got. Stark bros plants just work
Jonathan C on May 1, 2020
planting variety of apples for our backyard apple cider making
Patricia J on Apr 26, 2020
Needed polinator and not much else left
Mike L on Apr 20, 2020
Multiple use variety - cooking, eating and useful for cider.
Earline S on Apr 18, 2020
I have one and love it.
Robert B on Apr 7, 2020
I'm 72 and I always remember this was the best apple that we got from the orchards when I was young.
G L on Apr 5, 2020
Replacing 2016 purchase that died in 2019.
GEORGE D on Feb 8, 2020
65+yrs family tradition of planting Winesap trees
Mr Spock on Feb 2, 2020
Wanted to try an apple that would be good for espalier.
Stephen M on Dec 7, 2019
Winesap apples seem to be resistant to diseases prevalent in Tennessee. They are a good all around apple.
Rick D on Jun 5, 2019
Ordered this tree because we love the tart sweet taste of winesap apples. Stark has the best plants online and growing them is a Devine pleasure!!????
Mickie M on Jun 4, 2019
Winesap are my favorite apple for eating!
Gerard D on May 11, 2019
Winesap was my Grandmother's all time favorite apple, great crispness and flavor and hardiness in cold climate.
KEITH K on May 8, 2019
I like the flavor profile and feel it will do well in my location.
Kristen P on May 3, 2019
It is easy to grow. Resistant to a lot of diseases. The apples are phenomenal. They are sweet/tart. They are good for baking, applesauce and just plain eating.
Denise S on Apr 6, 2019
They are the best apples in existence
Robert W on Feb 23, 2019
One of my favorite apples growing up.
Ruth N on Feb 20, 2019
I have had Winesap trees for many years. I have one stayman and 1 original. I want another original.
Thomas A on May 18, 2018
We have an old Winesap tree that is petering out. We love this variety. Makes great applesauce and my husband's apple pies!! It is the best; sweet, tart, and firm.
Jean L on May 5, 2018
I remember this apple from when I was a little boy. It was the best tasting apple I ever had and you can't find it anymore but I found it here.
Frank B on Apr 28, 2018
The taste is incredible and the apple keeps well.
KATHRYN L on May 7, 2017
The best pie apple on Earth!
BRIAN B on Apr 29, 2017
For eating. Enjoy the flavor of this apple.
Joseph W on Mar 24, 2017
Best flavor apple for canning, pies, etc
Barbara F on Mar 8, 2017
I had a winesap apple tree at our previous house and loved them for making apple butter.
Jason P on Mar 5, 2017
We lost a winesap to a storm last year so my husband and I wanted to replace it. We love the crisp tart apples.
Pamela M on Feb 25, 2017
I grew up with this type of apple tree and wanted one at my house as an adult. They are not easily found in stores.
TERRI H on Feb 19, 2017
Old favorite
Jeff W on Feb 9, 2017
I chose this to add to my backyard orchard, for cider mostly.
John Paul C on Jan 5, 2017
Great flavor and firm good for eating and cooking.
Michael V on Oct 29, 2016
Unique taste
Lowell S on Oct 18, 2016
It is a good all purpose apple that can be stored. It will compliment the other varieties that I recently planted.
James B on Oct 7, 2016
I bought a Starkspur variety about 20 years ago, Truly a heavy laden tree. I had to support the limbs and rogue off excess fruit it was so packed with apples! This arrived with a superior root system. It started to bud out within two days of heeling in the ground! That's why I'm buying three more. I can make space for a dwarf tree! A terrific tree from a superior company.
Debra L on Jun 20, 2016
The flavor of wine in the Apple
WERNER H on Jun 4, 2016
great tart eating apple
Carroll on Jun 3, 2016
Use winesaps and some others to make applebutter
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
I like the flavor.
Jacqueline L S on Apr 26, 2016
1. Price, 2. I have all the pollinators planted . 3. I am adding variety to my little orchard. 4. I have planted your trees in the past and have been very pleased with them.
Mark N on Apr 21, 2016
The Stayman Winesap is a childhood favorite, and I was looking for a suitable substitution from Stark Brothers.
Kent E on Apr 15, 2016
I remember Winesaps as my very favorite when I was a kid in western New York.
Being a predominantly eastern and southern variety, we don't have them here in Washington State. My friend and I were talking about apples today and I waxed nostalgic about Winesaps and decided to try to grow them here.
Chuck L on Mar 31, 2016
Still my favorite apple. Amazing taste. Only company which provides a dwarf option that I've found. Will espalier in a raised bed along with its pollinator the Stark JonARed Jonathan Apple.
Brooke S on Feb 26, 2016
Makes good jelly
Edward W on Feb 25, 2016
Familiar with apple when I maintained a very old orchard 30 years ago
Ciderman on Feb 22, 2016
planting variety of apples for our backyard apple cider making
Patricia J on Apr 26, 2020
Multiple use variety - cooking, eating and useful for cider.
Earline S on Apr 18, 2020
Is the Starkspur Winesap the original Winesap or the Stayman Winesap?
Rebekah H on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is the original Winesap with a spur-fruiting habit ??? a different strain than the Stayman Winesap.
Are the winesap trees spur or tip bearing?
Al H on Mar 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This tree is a spur-bearing apple.
How long does the fruit of the Starkspur Winesap keep compared to the original Winesap (which keeps for up to 6 months)? Thanks in advance!
Hillary S on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our records show that the fruit keeps for up to 7-8 months in proper storage conditions, so pretty similar to keeping qualities of the original Winesap!
Can I plant the trees in a #3 container for one year and then plant them in the ground?
CHARLES C on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Because some of the little trees are so small when they arrive I see this as an ideal way to give them a good jump-start and baby them along for the first year or so. I would probably trim back the root system a bit .....and I don't know what size container that is but I would use at least a 5 gallon! I actually have a pending order now Stark Brothers and I'm planning on doing this as well as it's too hot right now to plant.
Can I use a Gayla apple for cross pollinizing?
Steve C on Apr 1, 2020
Can a Granny Smith act as one pollinator for a winesap apple?
Judy P on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Judy P. I believe that Granny Smith is a good pollinator for many other apple varieties. I am no expert, the trees I bought 2 years ago were my first ever. But I read online that Granny
smith is a good pollinator for Winesap. BTW, I love the trees that I got from Starks. No apples yet as the trees are too young, but they are vigorous and covered with blossoms as we speak.
I have a dwarf apple tree that's about 3 years old. It started blooming flowers about a week ago, so would it be considered an early bloomer? If so, would a dwarf winesap bloom it's flowers (for pollonization) the same time? I need a apple tree (dwarf) that will so I can get some apples in the future.
Steve C on Apr 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes my winesaps are now in bloom now also. I have about 15 different varieties and most bloom about the same time. It almost always the first or second week of April. These different varieties have a mix of early and late apples. Hope this is helpful
How would my winesap apple do in a half barrel container?
Rosie on May 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think, like most other fruit producing plants, it would do fine. The only thing to make note of is the fact that it will probably have a smaller overall mature size because the roots are being constricted in their growth.
How many years before the tree blossoms?
Barbara H on May 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Typically within 2-4 4 years.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can you ship this to California?
Julie D on Apr 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don???t know. I do not live in California
Have you shipped to alaska ?
Robin P on Apr 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I have a Starkspur Winesap that is only 2 years old (one of three surviving apple tres out of 6 - the deer have not been kind).
I'm not expecting fruit for a couple more years.
If you live along the southern coast - like Juneau or the nearby islands, it could survive the winter - check your zone.
I've been there (miss the crab, salmon, and the cleaner air), and lived in parts of the northern tier of the lower 48 - now I live in Georgia - I got tired of living in places where the weather tried to kill me 4 or more months of the year.
Am I too far south for this to prosper? I am in the Charlotte, NC area.
Pamela C on Feb 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Check the chill hours needed for this variety--the number of hours needed below freezing in the winter for the tree to bear fruit. That way you don't waste your time waiting for a tree that cannot bear fruit in you region.
Is the Starkspur Winesap apple derived from the Stayman or Turley Winesap?
Rick D on Jun 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is kind of confusing, butTurley is an offspring of Stayman. Stayman is a cross with the original Winesap. Starkspur WInesap is a sport of the original WInesap and bears fruit all the way down the limbs, not just at the branch ends. To confuse things even more, Starkspur Winesap tastes very similar to Stayman Winesap. Some people say it's better.
Do you have Stayman Winesap Apple Trees?
Sandy H on Apr 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, we do not. We developed the Starkspur Winesap and offer that instead. It is a much hardier and disease-resistant strain, a much more prolific producer and a longer-lived tree. The fruit tastes the same.
Can the starkspur winesap apple tree be pollinated with any of the following, Stark Grand Gala, Stark Super Red Fuji, Liberty, Cortland, or Braestar?
Jeff H on Nov 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. The Stark?? GrandGala??? Apple does overlap bloom-time with all of the varieties you have listed. Your pollination needs should be covered if you select an early blooming variety like the Braestar or Cortland and a later blooming variety like the Stark Super Red Fuji. I strongly suggest if you just have room for one extra tree to select a mid-season bloomer like the Stark?? Golden Delicious Apple or Pink Lady??.
will a wealthy, braeburn or sweet sixteen be good pollinators?
glen w on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All three of the apples you mention would serve as good pollinators. They all have the same bloom time.
Why are some Winesap apples red and some look more like a red blush? How many different types are there.
Sherry T on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Winesap originated in the early-mid 1800s and dozens of sports and variations have been developed since then. Because not all are trademarked, it's really not possible to know how many strains of Winesape there are. Starkspur?? is a grafted tree that is true to its parent, and is likely closer to the original Winesap than more modern strains.
Is a whitney crab a good pollinator for a starkspur winesap apple?
Gary T on Feb 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Most any white-blossom crabapple - of which Whitney is one - would serve as a good pollinator for the Starkspur?? Winesap.
Can I use Honey crisp apple trees to cross pollinate the Winesap apple tree?
Dawna M on Jan 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You certainly can.
What zone is Spokane Washington???
Betty on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You are in Zone 6b.

If you enter your ZIP code at the following link, you'll be able to see popular products that are available and rated for your location: //

Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they will be glad to help!
Are any of these apples low-chill hours?
Susan G on May 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Winesap requires approximately 800 chill hours.
In your experience, how susceptible is this tree to rust diseases?
Rebekah H on Apr 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Rebecca I just came across this comment while responding to another question. I would like to say that I have experienced the exact same thing regarding the rust issues. I have 3 easy-care varieties and they were affected badly with rust. I have one red delicious and it was not affected at all. I dId have an Eastern cedar tree that was within 50 feet of my Orchard and I cut it down. This improved the rust situation about 80%. A dramatic difference! However the past several weeks the rest has affected my Easy Cares once again although to a much lesser extent. I guess I'll have to do a little sprsying. I'm not sure I'm getting this easy-care scenario when they don't seem to be easy care at all!

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Apple trees
To date I've had nothing but good luck with these trees I get from Starks Brothers and I'm referring to the apple trees. They take very little care just give them a good start, in a way they go. I use a good dosing 50-50 soil and horse manure. And water them good for the first season, usually 5 to 6 gallons spread out over a week if it's not raining. I built a little moped around the trees about 42 inches in diameter and that's the way I water him with pails. You may have to adjust your watering according to the perking of you soil. And that horse manure will create a worm bed under the trees which in turn furnishes tremendous nutrients. I will buy more Starks trees next year.
August 8, 2016
over 5 years ago
My Winesap Apple Tree
This is the 2nd year for my Winesap Apple Tree. It had about 15 Blossoms on it this spring so I'm watching them close. We use to have huge Winesap Apple Trees at home som I'm looking forward to mine producing.
May 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
Starkspur Winesap
The tree has almost doubled in size. Last year deer ate some of the ends and I broke the top branch. It came back this spring very well. I have put up a cage around it. Hopefully it will keep them off it. I have done the same with the others.
June 3, 2016
over 5 years ago
Very Healthy Tree
The Winesap survived the winter here in the NC Mountains. I am anxious to have some apples but will have to be patient a few years. Was a little unsure purchasing through the mail but it worked out super.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
Resistant to Cedar Apple Rust and Fireblight and the beetles seem to ignore it
Tree has leaves that are dark green and a few little apples (third summer). It is a nice tree and obviously fine for the Shenandoah Valley. Not sure I would not buy a semi-dwarf in the future, but this dwarf is fine. Intend to buy a few full size winesaps soon.
July 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
Nice tree
not sure why a review was requested when the trees are only 1 year old. they survived the negative temps this winter and have leafed out nicely for their second year. Wish they were offered in standard size. With deer issues all of the semi dwarf trees will need a protective fence, always.
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Wonderful trees
Well here it is one year after planting my dwarf Starkspur Winesap Apple.
You wouldn't believe the blooms that are on this little tree. We had a pretty extreme winter this year but these little trees came thru with no problems at all.
I am looking forward to being able to harvest the apples this fall. If I had more room I would plant more apple trees from Stark Bros. You can't go wrong
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
Took off quickly!
I bought my tree through Stark Bros on my mother's recommendation. That's who she bought our fruit trees from about 30 years ago! The tree got lost in the mail, and looked pretty sad when it showed up. I contacted customer service, and they told me that if the tree didn't survive, they'd happily replace it for me. Despite showing up as a sad, dried out little twig, it took off during the growing season! In just one year, it's more than twice the height it started. Definitely no need for then to send me another tree; I'm impressed! Just a few notes: I fall planted to give the roots a chance to establish before it had to cope with summer heat (saved me a lot of watering in those early months!) and I'm in the Portland, Oregon area. It loves our climate!
January 30, 2017
To early to tell...
Trees are 3 yrs old, no blossums, no apples yet...Stock looks hardy and healthy
June 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
The Winesap that I bought is doing great so far. No sign of fire blight or apple cedar rust. Both are really bad here in central Virginia.
May 21, 2017
over 5 years ago