Winter Banana Antique Apple

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A subtle and sweet tropical aroma. Tree is easy to maintain and produces large, sun-yellow fruit kissed by a smooth red blush. Unique scent, described from pineapple to banana, livens up these firm, tangy, and juicy apples. Attractive and perfect for fresh-eating and baking. Antique variety, originates from Indiana, circa 1870. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late October. Best pollinators: Starkrimson® Red Delicious or Stark® BraeStar™.

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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

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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


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?
Stark Bro's Store
This apple is also known as the Flory Apple and originated on the farm of one of my ancestors in Illinois (David Flory - which is also my uncle's name). Now that I own the home I will pass on to my son, it was time to plant this tree on our 1/2 acre. I have 5 other young Stark fruit trees that are 2-4 years old and all are doing well - so I'm staying with you! I appreciate your tutorial videos on pruning too!
Coleen F on Jan 4, 2021
I chose it for the late drop, I am using these for hunting
BRIAN C on Dec 1, 2020
This apple is also known as the Flory Apple and originated on the farm of one of my ancestors in Illinois (David Flory - which is also my uncle's name). Now that I own the home I will pass on to my son, it was time to plant this tree on our 1/2 acre. I have 5 other young Stark fruit trees that are 2-4 years old and all are doing well - so I'm staying with you! I appreciate your tutorial videos on pruning too!
Coleen F on Jan 4, 2021
Richard B on Dec 10, 2020
I chose it for the late drop, I am using these for hunting
BRIAN C on Dec 1, 2020
cause i wanted it
BENJAMIN B on Nov 27, 2020
Heard this was a great tree that ripens late! This tree is not carried at many places.
Richard on Jan 27, 2020
When I was a young girl, I remember my grandmother telling me about a special tree in the orchard. It was a banana apple tree. I always loved that tree. Now grown up, at the Bloomsburg Fair on display was my long remembered banana apples. Until then anyone I had ever mentioned this special tree to, had never heard of it. My search began for my own tree. Thank you for having my tasty tree.
SAMANTHA B on Dec 15, 2019
one of these trees was in my grandsfarther"s orchard when I was a child, my sister and I couldn't wait for them to ripen. I am so glad I found this tree and able to replace the old one which was taken out in a storm many years ago..
Bonnie B on Mar 30, 2019
Interesting tree and and to pollinate honey crisp
Michael T on Mar 28, 2019
One of my husband's favorite childhood memories is the apple tree down the alley whose fruit tasted like a banana.
Judith E on Mar 16, 2019
I have had one of these trees for over 30 years and these apples make excellent,quick yellow, applesauce and when dried are still light yellow color and crispy
Tracy Z on Mar 16, 2019
Wanted something different in my new orchard and loved the description of the tree
Tracey P on Mar 13, 2019
Sounds intriguing and I like apples.
Bonnie I on Mar 9, 2019
Very tasty and unusual. Also, good keeper.
Garry S on Mar 8, 2019
This is an apple we remember from our childhood and have wanted one for a while. We wanted to add to the small orchard we have.
Bonnie R on Feb 22, 2019
I remember eating this apple as a child. I think it will be as good as I remember
DAN H on Jan 15, 2019
I like banana, it's a long keeper, and it's an indiana apple but you can't find any here.
Anthony S on Mar 19, 2017
trees that will wlthstand summer heat in san fernando valley ca.
buddy on Jun 16, 2016
My great grandparents planted this tree in their orchard long ago. It is still producing after many many decades. In my opinion it is one of the best tasting apples for apple sauces and pies
Kimberly H on May 13, 2016
was in my grandfathers orchard when i was growing up. it was my favorite apple.
CAROLINE G on Mar 17, 2016
My neighbor has this apple and we love it.
Allen C on Feb 25, 2016
rather than plant just a tree I feel like I would like to get food benefit for my water used. and this says it will grow in my area
shirley p on Feb 20, 2016
Richard B on Dec 10, 2020
cause i wanted it
BENJAMIN B on Nov 27, 2020
I see 4 recommended pollinators but are there any others? Please list a few options
Jesse B on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Jesse. There are dozens of other pollinators; we recommend the varieties we do because they have the longest bloom overlap and best chance of pollination. Other varieties you could choose would include: Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Empire, Enterprise, Spitzenburg, Fuji, Gala, GoldRush, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Macoun. Pink Lady, Suncrisp ...
Can I cross pollinate with Whitney Crabapple?
Angela A on Jan 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are both mid-season bloomers so they will cross pollinate with each other.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What are the chill hour requirements?
Nathan on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The Winter Banana Antique Apple has a low winter chilling requirement, less than 400 hours
Is this apple good for baking?
D Q on Jan 3, 2020

Customer Reviews

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My daughter's apple tree.
My daughter has an unusual apple tree in her back yard. It is loaded with apples. When it was just starting to form the apples they were an odd shape and no one knew what they were. I am here visiting now and ate one of the apples and they reminded me of an apple's a friend had on her parent's farm. We were only six years old and loved these apples. So I did the internet search for banana apples as that is what we called them as children. Well they are the apple's my daughter has. They are called Winter Banana Antique Apples. That is funny as I am now 87 years old. We are surprised and pleased to know they are apples from my childhood. This is in WA state.
September 22, 2016
Winter Banana - Initial Findings
This tree is doing well in my inner city, south-Texas, garden where I get very little chill time and high humidity. The tree is coming into bearing in its second year since planting. It's growth is vigorous with good spur formation, and the Texas heat doesn't seam to bother it much. The tree appears to be a good pick for the south, though I have yet to taste the fruit, and initial crops on apples are can sometimes be atypical. Hopefully in a few years, I'll know how the fruit itself performs in my climate.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Marvelous Little Tree
When I searched the web for suitable apple trees for out town's climate zone, Winter Banana was on top. But it was late in the season, big outlets like HomeDepot or Lowe's only gathered a few fruit trees familiar to the general public. I got a stick from Stark Bros in the mail last May, bareroot above all. I put it in the backyard and left the country. Remarkably, when I came back 10 days later, new leaves and all. The little tree loves it here. And this year, the stick branched, flowered and bearing about 10 little apples. I know some apples will be eliminated naturally. But I like the tree a lot. Thanks, Bro.
May 16, 2017
over 4 years ago
Love this heirloom Apple.
Grows well and the apple tastes great. The apple when kept cool will stay crisp for weeks!
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Winter Banana Apple
This is my second purchase of this apple. It is utterly delightful. I have one tree purchased 20 years ago and now have added this one. A constant, faithful bearer of great apples. A winner for sure. Stark Brothers have never failed in quality or service.
May 23, 2017
over 5 years ago
So far so good!
I bought this as a pollinator for my Honeycrisp. No blooms this year but lots of new growth and looking healthy.
May 20, 2017
over 5 years ago
Winter babana
It is only one year old and only starting to make branches so it will be a couple of years before we know. My advice is to buy the largest caliper available.
May 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Winter banana
Awesome! Was shipped and arrived in great condition, first year it has apples!! Great addition to my yard.
May 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Vigorous tree!
All Stark products do well when properly planted but the Winter Banana was exceptional! Planted it last spring and by September it was 7 and 1/2 feet tall and we'll branched. This spring it was covered with blossoms which I removed. Will try for a small crop next year. Highly recommend this Apple tree.
May 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
Great little tree so far
I purchased this tree last year and so far it has done great. During a particularly wet and warm July, rust hit this tree pretty hard and I was late on recognizing it. I thought for sure it was done for but after contacting StarkBros for help, regular applications of fruit tree spray and neem oil did the trick. The leaves ended up coming back and this year it has flowered after a very mild winter, even by Louisiana standards.
May 27, 2020