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Legend states that the Red Delicious Apple tree was named when its discoverer in Iowa sent samples to a commercial nursery in 1892. The nursery owner tasted one of the apples and exclaimed, “Delicious!” It has been replicated from graft unions ever since.
Say hello to every gardener’s dream apple tree!
The Red Delicious Apple variety is one of the world’s most widely grown apple varieties by apple growers and is among the easiest and most dependable apple trees to grow. Although it is not the most consumed apple in the United States, it is one of the most widely produced in North America.
Beautiful clusters of pink buds open to reveal creamy white blooms in early spring. The tree produces a medium to large fruit that will continue to grow and ripen through the summer.
From September to October the apples will turn from a pale green to their familiar bright red color, signaling that they are ripe and ready to be picked. A deep red peel and sweet flavored white flesh make a tempting snack. It is one of our most favorite apple trees for the delicious taste.
The fruit’s thin skin and delicious crispness make the Red Delicious apple ideal for eating fresh off the tree and for baking. Around 700 chill hours will be needed for this apple tree. This popular apple tree bears fruit within 2-3 years of planting.
How to Care for Apple Trees
This semi dwarf tree grows up to 15-20 feet tall and wide at maturity. Apple red Delicious tree grows best across the United States in USDA growing zones 4-8. This fruit tree is disease resistant and prefers well drained soil. Apple trees prefer to be grown in full sun. Planting the red delicious apple tree is easy!
One of the best pollinators for other varieties of apple trees—so much so that it’s been called a “rooster” tree! Best as a short-storage eating apple. Pair with Granny Smith or Golden Delicious for good pollinators. A crab apple tree is also a good flowing tree to have nearby for red delicious apple tree pollination. Keep at least 1 or 2 varieties nearby within 100 feet of each other to cross pollinate.
This tree includes planting instructions in each order. Trees ship rooted in a container in soil. These are not bare root trees. A regular watering schedule is important the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. The addition of slow release fertilizer in the early spring will help with fruit production.
With little apple tree requirements and a delicious mild flavor, there is not another apple tree that is a better choice for your garden or landscape!
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Malus 'Red Delicious'
- Edible fruit
- Great for fresh eating or cooking
- Showy flowers
- Cold hardy