About the Starkspur® Winter Banana Apple Tree

A beloved heirloom apple tree improved for a bountiful crop! The Starkspur® Winter Banana Apple Tree was introduced in 1890. 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 Winter Banana apples from one tree. In addition to being a great producer, the crop store well, making it a great choice for homesteaders and farmer markets.

Characteristics of Winter Banana Apples

This heritage variety produces large, pale-yellow apples, a waxy finish with a blush of delicate rosy, pink. The apples are moderately firm, crisp, and tangy, with juicy flesh. Aromatic flavor similar to bananas. Good for eating fresh and making cider.

How to grow a Starkspur® Winter Banana Apple Tree

This vigorous apple tree bears young and annually with medium to heavy crops. The abundant showy blooms in spring make the Starkspur® Winter Banana Apple an excellent pollinator. It is also a cold-hardy apple tree, with the ability to handle late spring frosts.

Plant in full sun with well-draining soil. Expect the delicious fruits to ripen in October and November.

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Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 400
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tangy
Texture Firm, Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

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 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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