Red Delicious Apple Tree

Red Delicious Apple Tree

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  • Edible fruit

  • Great for fresh eating or cooking

  • Showy flowers

  • Cold hardy

Regular price $74.99

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  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Classic Apple Variety that's Perfect for Home Gardens!

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.


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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Shipping information

Once your Red Delicious Apple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



The Red Delicious Apple will grow best in an area with full sun. Early morning sun is especially important as dew can have a negative impact on the tree if allowed to linger. Locations with good airflow are best. They require well-drained soil, as their roots should never remain soggy. Regular watering is necessary until established during their first planted year however.

The Red Delicious Apple is self-fertile so it needs no pollinator to produce its delicious fruit. Planting another variety, such as a Golden Delicious close by will cause multiplied fruit production if desired however.

Prune selectively in the late winter to facilitate growth of a balanced, strong framework, maintain shape and to remove tightly packed limbs that may hinder airflow through the tree’s canopy.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Red Delicious Apple Tree, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Malus 'Red Delicious'

Full Sun

Foliage Color

Flower Color
White, Light Pink

Mature Width
15-20 ft

Mature Height
15-20 ft

Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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Tod C.

Just amazing.Delivered perfectly.Full leaves, larger then what I expected.Thank you so much.

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