Red Delicious Apple
Malus x domestica
- America's favorite apple
- Tender, crisp, juicy fruit with a sweet, mild flavor
- Excellent dessert apple, a favorite for fresh eating
- Pollinate with Yellow Delicious, Red Jonathan or Early Harvest
- Blooms mid-season
- Late September to mid-October harvest
- Zones 5 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, WA
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Zones 5 - 8
The Red Delicious Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Red Delicious Apple falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
10' - 25' High
The Red Delicious Apple grows to be 10' - 25' feet in height.
10' - 25' Spread
The Red Delicious Apple has a spread of about 10' - 25' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This apple does well in full sun.
The Red Delicious Apple grows in acidic, moist, well drained soils.
This apple has oval, spreading or horizontal, upright or erect shape.
Our standard Red Delicious seedlings are budded onto whole root stock; our semi-dwarf seedlings grafted onto Malling-Merton lll; and our dwarf seedlings grafted onto Malling 7A, Malling 26.
Chill hours (CU) requirement: 700-800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.
In order to ensure pollination, these trees need a compatible cultivar growing within 100 feet for standard size, 50 feet for semi-dwarf, and 20 feet for dwarf trees.
Apples are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals. The leaves and branches are browsed. The trees can be destroyed by rodents and rabbits girdling the stem or trunk. Produces nectar and/or pollen, thus providing nutrition for bees in early to late spring. Pear and apple orchards are considered valuable habitats for wildlife.
The standard grows to 20' - 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12' - 15', and dwarf grows to 10' in height.
Standard spread grows to 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12'-15', and dwarf grows to a 10' spread.
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.
Ranging between 2"-4", these simple coarse-veined, dark green leaves have a toothed margin and alternate on the twig.
This apple is medium to large-sized; a solid dark red outer with fine-grained, crisp, juicy, white flesh. Sweet apple with little acidity: great for fresh eating as well as in desserts. Able to be stored for 3-6 months if refrigerated. Typically harvested from mid to late September to mid-October. Red Delicious apple tends to be a biennial bearer, meaning the tree bears heavily one year and sparsely the next. Standard Red Delicious will begin to bear in 6-10 years, the semi-dwarf in 4-6 and the dwarf in 3-4.
America's favorite red apple is tender, crisp, juicy, and has a sweet, mild flavor perfect for fresh eating. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily, and need water. They are not drought tolerant. Red Delicious trees bloom mid-season, with fruit ripening for harvest from late September to mid-October. Bee-friendly (acts as food source for bees while in bloom). (Pollinate with Yellow Delicious, Red Jonathan or Early Harvest ) (Zones 5-8)
The standard grows to 20' - 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12' - 15', and dwarf grows to 10' in height. Dwarf trees should be staked to ensure tree's ability to bear weight of fruit and protect against leaning.
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Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.