Apple, Red Delicious Malus x domestica
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)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 5 - 8The Red Delicious Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeFruit Trees
Mature HeightThe Red Delicious Apple grows to be 10' - 25' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Red Delicious Apple has a spread of about 10' - 25' at full maturity.
SunThis apple does well in full sun.
SoilThe Red Delicious Apple grows in acidic, moist, well drained soils.
ShapeThis 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.
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)
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.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.