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Apple, Red Delicious Malus x domestica

Apple, Red Delicious - Malus x domestica
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America's favorite red apple is tender, crisp, juicy, and has mild flavor for fresh eating. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sunlight daily and regular water. They are not drought-tolerant. (Pollinate with Yellow Delicious, Red Jonathan or Early Harvest) (zones 5-8)

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Zones 5 - 8 Zones 5 - 8
Hardiness 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
Fruit Tree Fruit Tree
Type of tree
Fruit Trees
10' - 25' High 10' - 25' High
Mature Height
The Red Delicious Apple grows to be 10' - 25' feet in height.
10' - 25' Spread 10' - 25' Spread
Mature Spread
The Red Delicious Apple has a spread of about 10' - 25' at full maturity.
Fast Growth Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This apple does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Red Delicious Apple grows in acidic, moist, well drained soils.
Oval Shape Oval Shape
Shape
This apple has oval, spreading or horizontal, upright or erect shape.
Attributes

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.

Description

America's favorite red apple is tender, crisp, and juicy and has a mild flavor for eating fresh. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sunlight daily and regular water. They are not drought-tolerant. (Pollinate with Yellow Delicious, Red Jonathan, Early Harvest or variety from a different apple family) (zones 5-8)

Wildlife Value

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.

Height Variations

The standard grows to 20'–25', semi-dwarf grows to 12'–15' and dwarf grows to 10' in height.

Spread Variations

Standard spread grows to 25', semi-dwarf grows to 12'–15' and dwarf grows to a 10' spread.

Moisture

This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.

Leaves

Ranging between 2"-4", these simple, coarse-veined, dark green leaves have a toothed margin and alternate on the twig.

Flower Color

Pinkish white

Bloom Time

mid-season

Fruit Description

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.