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Yellow Transparent Apple

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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™.


Bloom Color White
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
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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.

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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Stark Bro's Store
Early apple and great for applesauce
LESTER P on May 19, 2018
This makes the best applesauce than any other apple!
Linda W on May 10, 2018
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 j 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
Good soft cooked apples
mike r on Apr 27, 2016
it is a gift for a friend and that is the one she has been looking for , I believe her Dad had one in their yard .
Patricia K O on Apr 16, 2016
Grandfather had one tree on his homestead. They are a mealy apple that is tart with just a hint of sweet. They bruise very easily, and crack very easily, and they don't keep but just a few days after harvest. They are, in my opinion, not very good for eating out of hand. However, their real value comes from the OUTSTANDING apple butter that can be made from them. They also make a deliciously sweet tart fried apple if you don't mind them a little on the mushy side.
Jona D on Apr 12, 2016
Early ripening cold hardy apple
Aaron B on Apr 10, 2016
Makes the absolute best applesauce for freezing
Rhonda B on Apr 7, 2016
Had these trees as a child 55 years ago. Best apples ever
Daniel P on Apr 6, 2016
My parents had one on their farm
My mother used this apple for every thing
Robert S on Mar 26, 2016
Makes the absolute best applesauce, and old fashioned fried apples! Have been hunting for this old tree for years! This is why I shopped stark.
Lesa R on Mar 16, 2016
My grandmother has 2 of these trees in her yard and I grew up eating these in applebutter, applesauce, pies, and jellies. I know first hand that they freeze well, cook well, and have a great taste. I knew that as soon as I had the property I wanted one of these trees! Finding someone who still sold them was difficult, though--I'm very pleased with Stark brother's selection and price!
Bridget M on Feb 27, 2016
Love applesauce.????
Pat M on May 15, 2018
Makes the best applesauce, early bearing, my horses love them, very pretty
Vee K on Apr 28, 2018
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.
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 3 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 4 years ago
Apple tree success
My trees are thriving and look beautiful. I couldn't be more happy with your product.
May 4, 2016
over 4 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 3 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 3 years ago
Very good and healthy trees. Will wait for the harvest
May 20, 2018
1 year 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
10 months ago
Yellow stransparent
Tough little tree to find, and ours is now in its second year. It came professionally packaged and very healthy. Our tree is doing very well, growing great.
May 15, 2017
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
We'll see what they grow up to b
I guess they are doing what they are supposed to. We had a few blossoms on one of the two trees this year. Looks like we will have an apple this year. I hope it's not too big so it doesn't pull the tree over. It looks like they will develop branches this year. I'll have to see about pruning it in the fall.
I'm waiting for them to develop some sort of shape so I know what to prune.
May 30, 2016
over 4 years ago