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Apple, Red DeliciousMalus x domestica

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 sunlight daily and need water. They are not drought tolerant. (Pollinate with Yellow Delicious, Red Jonathan or Early Harvest) (zones 5-8)

Zones 5 - 8
Zones 5 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 - 8
The Red Delicious Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Fruit Tree
Fruit Tree

Type of tree:
The Red Delicious Apple falls into the following type(s): 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.

More Info
More Info


The Red Delicious Apple can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

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, juicy, and has mild flavor for eating fresh. Fruit trees need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunlight daily and need 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.