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, 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)
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.