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Tasty Red™ Urban Apple®

Item #135596, Semi-Dwarf. Ships 2 - 3' tall, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Bright-red fruit on a narrow, upright tree. Perfect for a living fence row or growing in containers! Fruit is medium-sized with a firm, sweet and juicy flesh. Columnar growth habit makes this tree perfect for small spaces and containers. Originates from Czech Republic, introduced in 2011. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid September. Best pollinators: Blushing Delight™ Urban Apple® or Tangy Green™ Urban Apple®.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet And Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 2 - 3' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 5 - 8' apart to ensure room for growth.

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.

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
These trees will fit on the side of my house, plus the apple looks good.
Christopher T on Apr 25, 2017
Full sized fruit on a compact tree - what's not to like?
LORI R on Mar 30, 2017
These trees will fit on the side of my house, plus the apple looks good.
Christopher T on Apr 25, 2017
I have limited space for fruit trees
Kolin B on Apr 23, 2017
Full sized fruit on a compact tree - what's not to like?
LORI R on Mar 30, 2017
Columnar. Small yard.
Harold B on Feb 26, 2017
limited garden space
JAMES R W on Feb 3, 2017
For its compact growing space and for a small natural fence
Joseph K on Jan 5, 2017
This looks cool, save on space
Vu D on Mar 25, 2016
We like sweet juicy apples. Red apples look nice. We don't have space in our small yard for a garden and a fruit orchard. But, this skinny tree looks like it could fit just about anywhere the sun shines!
Corinne S on Mar 25, 2016
I have limited space for fruit trees
Kolin B on Apr 23, 2017
Columnar. Small yard.
Harold B on Feb 26, 2017
What is the smallest size pot I can use for a columnar tree?
Jeanine on May 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't suggest planting it in anything smaller than a 20" pot. Even that will limit the size of the tree, but perhaps that is what you want.
Do I need to bring my columnar apple trees inside over winter if they are potted?
Dan S on Nov 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hey Dan, I live in Columbus Ohio, so usually a solid zone 6. However we are in an area that has a lot of mature trees so I can find some very sheltered areas in our yard. Last winter I left both my trees in pots exactly where they stood all summer. One was next to a shed with a southern exposure and the other was next to the deck. The tree by the shed was fine and grew like a weed the second year. The tree by the deck did not make it. We had some sub-zero temps during January and February but I think a very hard and late frost did the damage because the "deck" tree was budding before the frost. If you can find an area sheltered from wind and cover the tree for late frost you should be fine. I did not wrap the pot or protect it in any way. The pot size is 36"x24". Hope this helps and enjoy your trees they are a lot of fun and no work!!
Can I plant the urban apples in raised beds?
Ann E on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I grow all my urban apples in large pots (20"x18") in zone 6b, so I would guess that would be similar to a raised bed if you are in the same or warmer climate zone and your raised beds were at least 20" high. If you are not using raised beds to avoid tree roots or undesirable growing conditions you might want to consider tilling the soil underneath and using bottomless beds so the roots have more room to stabilize and anchor the trees, they do get 12' tall and that can make them very top heavy. I replace the top 2-4 inches of soil each spring with a compost/non-GMO alfalfa meal mixture and use a compost tea during the growing season to replenish the soil. You will not have the option to move your trees into a shed or garage if the weather is really bad so you might want to wrap them. Best wishes for successful growing, our trees are a lot of fun with very little work!!
How much do I water these a day?
Michelle A on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Michelle,

Unfortunately the answer to your question is not easy because factors like temperature and rainfall besides the actual size of your tree come in to play. On average, if your tree is planted in your garden in a really sandy soil, water 3X/week when it is 80 degrees or above and give the tree about 2 gal. of water each watering. If you have a heavier soil like clay, you can water 1X/week or even every 10days and give the tree 5 gal. of water at a time.

If you are growing it in a pot, then use your finger to brush under the soil surface of the pot to see if it seems damp to moist. Don't water until the tree seems like the soil is transitioning from moist to quite dry BUT before the tree is wilting at all! When you do water in a pot, then water it thoroughly so water seeps out the drainage holes in the bottom.
Is ur tasty red urban apple colomnar a Scarlett colomnar?
Don T on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These are two different varieties of red columnar apple trees.
When do I prune my trees? I have had them planted for 2-3 years and still one one apple?
LoriB on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Apple trees should be pruned in late winter or early spring while they are still dormant.

Customer Reviews

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It is producing apples on a hot roof in New York City's lower Manhattan. The tangy green I bought the spring before this has still not produced buds but the Tasty Red took two years to give its first apples. All my columnar apples from Stark have had good results though they are in usually in pots rather than the earth. I lost an earlier apple after many years of sturdy budding, so I am hoping that Green will step up to the task of cross-pollinating. I had to use some crab apple blossoms this year.
May 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
Good thus far
My trees are too young to bare any fruit, but they have done quite well creating a strong root system while still quite young and planted in poor soil.
June 2, 2016
over 3 years ago
I am so pleased with this little tree! We received this bare root tree last year and followed the instructions for planting. It has survived a harsh winter and is doing awesome this spring. We are planning to get a couple of the pear trees soon!
May 8, 2017
1 year ago
Tasty Red Urban Apple
Tree is growing well,planted it in spring 2016, it grew to six feet in one year, and bloomed nicely this spring. Of course I will keep fruit off for three years, and I will see what happens after that. I ordered six trees from Stark Bros in 2016 and all are doing well.
May 4, 2017
1 year ago
the apple tree is growing well. no fruit yet . but it is only one year in my yard.
June 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Still thriving.
Planted this last spring and was concerned for it's survival during the winter. This spring it came back and so far it is thriving. It did not flower but this is only its first year. looking forward to some beautiful flowers and apples in the future.
May 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
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