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Yellow Transparent Apple

Item #134359, Semi-Dwarf, Bare-root. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Enjoy apples as early as July! Named for the pale-yellow skin of the fruit that matches the flesh. Crisp, light and sweet – makes the ultimate home-cooked applesauce. Antique variety, originates from Russia, circa 1870. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July or August. Best pollinators: Starkspur® UltraMac™ or Stark® BraeStar™.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest July To August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Very Sweet And Juicy
Texture Crisp Flesh
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 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 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

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
I remember eating it as a child and want to grow it
Maureen S on Mar 7, 2021
Makes the best applesauce
TODD H on Mar 3, 2021
I remember eating it as a child and want to grow it
Maureen S on Mar 7, 2021
We had one when I was a child and again at our home in Polson MT. They make the best applesauce
Louise S on Mar 4, 2021
Makes the best applesauce
TODD H on Mar 3, 2021
I remember when before i started school going and making sauce at my grandparents with my mom and eating pie...the best ive ever had
Garland E on Feb 25, 2021
It has always been one of my favorite apples.
Mary H on Feb 24, 2021
It was the variety my grandmother grew! I was surprised and delighted to find it through Stark Bros.
Laura H on Dec 7, 2020
Hard to find
Bruce S on Nov 27, 2020
GREAT for applesauce
Timothy B on Nov 27, 2020
Good apple sauce
Dave L on Nov 27, 2020
Its an apple of my childhood and I like that its very early.
Faina F on Jun 18, 2020
I have an very old Yellow transparent and this is my backup replacement
Alan U on Jan 22, 2020
Very easy apple sauce early season
MARY C on Jan 11, 2020
miss the transparent apple I had in Oregon
Esther U on Jan 10, 2020
Summer apples for deer
Gary G on Jan 10, 2020
We had one of these trees on our farm as a kid. Many happy memories. I want to share these with my own kids and give them their own memories. My brother died unexpectedly this summer, I want to plant one of these trees in his memory.
Nicole P on Jan 8, 2020
Best applesauce EVER!
Heidi B on Dec 7, 2019
This is the apple my grandmothers always used to make applesauce.
Tina A on Jun 4, 2019
I chose this tree for the applesauce it can make
KENNETH W on Apr 18, 2019
It is the type of apple my grandmother grew
Claire S on Apr 14, 2019
we like applesauce made from these apples.
Richard C on Apr 9, 2019
We used to have a yellow apple tree on my parents farm when I was a kid. Hoping this is the same kind.
Cheryl M on Apr 3, 2019
My Inlaws had one of these trees when I was dating my wife some 40 years ago,it blew over in a storm. I remembered the name and wanted one of my own now that I have room for it. I remember how easily they cooked up into the best applesauce I have ever tasted.
Donald B on Mar 29, 2019
Prolific old fashioned summer apple.
Robert B on Mar 26, 2019
love the heirloom variety fruits
mary g on Mar 26, 2019
Early apple and great for applesauce
LESTER P on May 19, 2018
Love applesauce.????
Pat M on May 15, 2018
This makes the best applesauce than any other apple!
Linda W on May 10, 2018
Makes the best applesauce, early bearing, my horses love them, very pretty
Vee K on Apr 28, 2018
My grandparents had this apple and it???s has the best memories attached to it. My cousin and I are planting these on my grandparents farm in Virginia. We are so excited to have these again!!
JANET H on Mar 10, 2018
I believe this is what we use to call a June apple. It gets ripe in late June. It makes great apple sauce though a little tart. Great for frying for breakfast with biscuits. yum yum it is just a great very early apple.
Henry S on Mar 1, 2018
There was a yellow transparent apple tree in the yard at my mom's house that had to be taken down about 5 years ago. I couldn't find a replacement locally so we planted a mac tree instead. Have always yearned for the yellow transparent apples though. They make the best apple sauce and a tasty summer apple pie.
Betsy O on Feb 22, 2018
Best apple for apple pie tart...
Shirley S on Feb 18, 2018
My grandma had a yellow transparent tree and I loved the apples from it.
Darrell S on Feb 10, 2018
I had a very VERY old one of these trees in my yard that was unfortunately taken down by a hurricane and it made the very best applesauce and apple butter - and they were just plain good eating apples, too! Replacing it was a no-brainer!
Frances R on Feb 6, 2018
Makes the best applesauce! (Only because that is what my parents used to make it when I was a kid!)
Carrie S on Aug 24, 2017
I remember this apple growing at my grandparents' house in Fairfield, Connecticut. It ripened in late July. My mother often made surprisingly good applesauce and pies from it, despite the fact that the apples ripened, fell, and rotted over the course of just a couple of weeks.
John G on Apr 25, 2017
They are a great Pie and Applesauce apple.
Joan D on Apr 14, 2017
Good apple sauce apple . My wife grew up on apple sauce from this variety of tree. We want to try to duplicate it
charles s on Apr 13, 2017
my father has an old tree of this variety that needs replaced
Tim on Apr 2, 2017
We had this tree at our old home. We loved the apples for apple sauce and it makes the very best apple pie.
Margaret M on Mar 27, 2017
Best applesauce you ever tasted
Deanna R on Mar 12, 2017
Had this variety when I was growing up. A fantastic apple for sauce, pies, or fresh eating...very early ripening.
John R on Mar 4, 2017
My grandfather bought it for my grandmother in 1912 and it has been the best eating and cooking apple of the entire orchard. While it doesn't keep as long as I'd like, it's white crisp flesh is a delight to eat.
Lois J on Feb 7, 2017
These were my favorite apples when I was growing up. The applesauce they make is unbelievable! Best apples ever!!!
Mary B on Jan 31, 2017
Best pie apple ever
Marianne F on Jan 21, 2017
Preferred a tart Apple for applesauce
RANDY S on Jan 7, 2017
I grew up eating these while visiting grandma & grandpa up on the farm. I loved their tart taste and the yummy applesauce they made. They don't last long so you need to eat or use right away. It will be a few years before I see apples so I hope they are as yummy as I remember.
Pamela B on Sep 5, 2016
My ex in laws had one and I love the tartness of the Apple for baking..
James A G on May 27, 2016
My bride has been wanting one of these forever and a day! Hard to find around here at any of the nurseries!
John M on May 10, 2016
Have moved to a new house. Love this apple for applesauce and pies.
Janelle G on May 2, 2016
We had one when I was a child and again at our home in Polson MT. They make the best applesauce
Louise S on Mar 4, 2021
I remember when before i started school going and making sauce at my grandparents with my mom and eating pie...the best ive ever had
Garland E on Feb 25, 2021
Is there anything special I should do to prepare my new trees for their first Vermont winter?
Judith P on Oct 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Judith - We have a great article on our site titled "Winter Protection for Fruit Trees". Just copy and paste that in the search bar. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hi. I live in Wisconsin and have a transparent tree that is about 5 years old. It's the end of September and I just picked the apples from it because some of them were starting to fall. The skins are a bit more greenish. Wondering if I picked them too early and if they will still ripen?
Tammy M on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: from the old-timers who are acquainted with this older variety, the apple is ready for use when the seeds are brown. so take an apple off the tree and cut into same and you'll have the answer.
our area of Oregon is 4000 feet in elevation and with the cool nights, the transparent apples tend to be mature in (late) August and that's when we make the sauce from this apple, and its companion, the Lodi.
Do I need to plant another apple tree along with the early transparent?
Donna D on Apr 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it was recommended to help with cross-pollination. A like-type, Lodi
Apple Semi Dwarf, tree was also planted at the same time in close proximation to the Yellow Transparent apple. Both are growing nicely.
Is this the same as Antonovka?
Iryna K on May 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, they are different variety but closely related. Both are very cold-hardy.
is a jonathan apple tree an acceptable pollinator for yellow transparent apple tree?
Katha T on Dec 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately these 2 varieties will not pollinate due to the bloom times. For proper pollination of the Yellow Transparent we recommend using Starkspur?? UltraMac??? or Stark?? BraeStar???
I got an email at 4 am that the yellow transperants were back in stock and I go to buy and they are sold out already?
Josh M on Nov 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for reaching out to us. We are very sorry to learn that the item you are interested in purchasing is no longer available to ship to your location in time for fall planting. We may have the item available to ship in December into Spring of 2021. In order to place an order, please give our customer support team a call at 800.325.4180.
I love the yellow transparent apples, but I have never grown the trees. according to your information, You recommend two other varieties to cross pollinate but you are out of stock on those two trees. I have two established winesap trees. Will these serve as the pollinators?
Linda on Nov 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The Yellow Transparent is an Early season bloomer so it needs something within the same bloom time to pollinate. The Winesap is an Early-Mid bloomer so it may work for pollination purposes.
Do you ever have the old time June Apple trees ?
Blanche B on Jun 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately not that I am aware of, however we are always introducing new varieties to our inventory so continue to check back with us.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What other apple trees will help cross pollinate Yellow Transparent apples?
Cara M on Jan 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Yellow Transparent is an early blooming variety that requires another early blooming variety. You can find the 'bloom time' information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. A good pollinator would be the Chehalis Apple or Golden Russet Apple.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
The tree you recommended is out of stock. What other tree do you recommend?
Debra B. S on Jan 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Its best to look at other varieties that have the same early bloom time. Take a look at the Early Fuji or Chehalis.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long will the bare root tree survive without being in soil?
Randy H on Dec 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. A bareroot tree can survive for a few weeks without being in soil as long as the roots are protected, kept moist and in a cool dark place to keep the tree dormant.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Which tree pollinates ayellow transparent Apple?
Ruth K on Aug 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are several pollinators, but we recommend Starkspur?? UltraMac??? or Stark?? BraeStar??? because of their bloom time, which is exactly the same as Yellow Transparent.
What do I do if one of my June apple trees has yellow spots on the leaves?
Annajackson on May 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's likely to be cedar apple rust, which can be prevented with an early spray program, but not remedied after it appears. Next season, use Bonide?? Fruit Tree Spray according to the label directions to mitigate the problem.
I???ve been told that you can???t grow apple trees if there are cedar trees nearby. Is this true?
Belle M on Mar 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The trees will certainly grow, but there is a risk of cedar apple rust. This can also happen with pear trees. A routine spraying program with any of these: Bonide?? Fruit Tree Spray, Serenade?? Garden Disease Control, Bonide?? Citrus, Fruit & Nut Orchard Spray or Bonide?? Neem Oil. The last 3 on the list are natural controls.
do you have an apple tree called june apple ?
dorothy h on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Dorothy, Thank you for your question. The Yellow Transparent is also known as the June apple. Its an early ripening variety that has a smooth transparent yellow skin, white-flesh and is very juicy. I hope this information is helpful.
How many years will this tree bear fruit?
Rosanne H on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: So much depends upon the weather, rainfall, what you feed it ... but it's likely to live 70-80 years.
do we need a pollinator?
Judy z on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you do. Best pollinators: Starkspur?? UltraMac??? or Stark?? BraeStar??? because of their efficacy and similar bloom time.
will this tree pollinate with Fuji or Gala apple?
Suzanne L on Apr 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This apple blooms a bit too early for either Fuji or Gala to be a good pollinator.
What is the mature size for this apple tree?
Kris T on Mar 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree will grow to be 12-16' tall.
These are shipped bareroot?
kyle b on Mar 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This particular tree is shipped bare-root, yes. It is a semi-dwarf size.
What is a similar variety?
Linda C on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This may be just what you're looking for: //
I have a 3 year old yellow transparent that needs to be moved. When us the best time and how?
Vicki C on May 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The best time is when the tree is dormant in the late fall. Dig the new planting hole first, so that it's ready for the tree. When it's time to dig up the apple tree, keep as much of the root system intact as possible, especially the fine feeder roots. This will help reduce transplant shock for your tree.
yellow transparent pollination, can another of the same tree work?
Margaret D on Jan 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One apple variety cannot pollinate itself. You need to have a different variety with a similar bloom time to pollinate the tree. We recommend these two: // or://
is yellow transparent mixed with any other apples ?
Elmer H on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's virtually impossible to answer the question. Its origin is somewhere between 1800 and 1849, in Russia. The tree we offer is true to the original parentage because it's grafted and is not across-pollinated seedling. I hope that answers your question.

Customer Reviews

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best applesauce in the world
Tart and smooth, cooks with little water because the skin causes the sauce to thicken. Eat with warm biscuits for a treat you will never forget.
May 22, 2016
over 5 years ago
Yellow transparent apple tree
This is the first year for the tree, blooming nicely and appears to be very healthy. It isn't time in our part of the country but a very old yellow transparent tree we have had for many years always bears proflic quanties.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
It produced the next Spring!!
I purchased two of these trees LAST year. One for myself and the other for my mother. My mother has a very old one in her front yard that produces every other year without any other apple trees around.
Anyhow, she planted this tree in her back yard. This spring it blossomed out and she has seven apples on it. We are all in shock. They are the same size as the ones on her larger older tree.
It looked like the Charlie Brown tree with the branches bent over with these apples on it. We had to stake it and put a tomato cage around it for extra support.
Her older tree makes the best fried/stewed apples! She will pick them up from ground as they fall. Peel them, slice them and blanch them in salt water then put in quart freezer bags and freeze. When she wants to prepare- place apples in a small pot with a little sugar and a few minutes they cook up. Serve with breakfast beside biscuits and gravy...Delicious!!
June 17, 2019
Apple tree success
My trees are thriving and look beautiful. I couldn't be more happy with your product.
May 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Yellow Transparent apple tre
Purchased the tree last year, planted it according to instructions provided. This spring despite the late frost, our tree is thriving. We are excited to see it grow. Now, if we could just figure out how to keep the deer away.
May 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
Deer like this one the best!
At first the deer insured that any branch leaders were thoroughly pruned. After that they had no choice but to try the Macintosh. If you buy these be sure to have a tall fence screen around each tree! I hope to see apples in a few more years.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Montana and yellow transparent apple trees
Our family has a cabin up in the mountains. We grew up with yellow transparent apple trees on the property. My grandma bought the property in the early
40’s and there was a mini orchard already there. There were 10 apple trees of 4 different types.
The property had never been inhabited, Grandmas said the trees came from Johnny Appleseed.
Over the years we have lost most of the trees and are trying to replace them. Quite a few years ago I was told by our local nurseries that Yellow Transparent apple trees could not survive in the hi mountains. So I started special ordering them and other types.
We have 3 that have taken off quite well. We are growing other very old species of apple trees that were there in the 40’s.
My kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy the best apples as I did growing up.
May 4, 2019
over 2 years ago
So far, very good!
This tree is off to a great start--it leafed out withing 7 days of a late May planting, and even produced one blossom a few days later!
June 4, 2018
over 2 years ago
early transparent apples
I grow up with this apple tree in my back yard in WV, as well as plum trees and grapes. This makes the best apple sauce. Nice and tart. My Mother served it warm at breakfast.

I hope to start one next year. I am 67 years old so I am being optimistic that I will enjoy apples from this tree once again.
October 9, 2018
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with this tree. We count ourselves lucky for customers like you. We look forward to being your partner at growing your own legacy.
October 30, 2018
Tabitha R
Low level of confidence.
My grandkids refer to it as "the twig." After more than a year now, I have doubts that it will ever grow into a mature, fruit producing tree. When it arrived last year it was a 3 ft tall single stem bare root stick. My other trees are thriving and doing fine. This one has not taken off. I give it 2 stars because I suppose anything could still happen...but unlikely.
May 18, 2017
over 5 years ago