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Red Delicious Apple Tree

Red Delicious Apple Tree

Red Delicious Apple Tree

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Red Delicious Apple Tree

The Red Delicious is truly one of the most beautiful apples ever cultivated and you could have these perfect red fruits growing right in your own backyard. With a tree from our nursery, you can pick gorgeous Red Delicious apples throughout the fall and enjoy this lightly sweet, mild, crisp fruit while saving money on your grocery bill.

You can't get a more classic American fruit than the Red Delicious. This beautiful variety of apple was discovered on an Iowa farm in 1875 and has been one of the most popular apples since then. The Red Delicious is a deep red apple with a characteristic, coke-bottle shape. The flesh is creamy white and dense and the flavor is mild, sweet, and delightful. The Red Delicious is best eaten fresh and raw. It's a perfect apple for snacking, for salads, and for sandwiches, and it stores well too, so a fall harvest will last through the winter and into the spring.

Red Delicious apples are popular with consumers, but supermarket apples aren't cheap. This is especially true if you want organic fruit. You really have to pay the price to enjoy a Red Delicious that hasn't been sprayed with pesticides, so instead of going to the store, get your fruit from your backyard. To get disease-resistant trees that are easy to maintain in almost any backyard, we use the ancient farming technique called grafting. We take a mature tree that is ready to produce fruit and graft it to hardy root stock. You get a tree that produces apples right away and that will resist pests better than other trees. You also get a tree that is low-maintenance. It comes to you mature and professionally pruned. All you have to do is put it in the ground and start picking fresh Red Delicious apples.

Red Delicious apple trees are not self-pollinators, which means you need another nearby apple tree to get fruit. Plant a Gala, Jonathan, Fuji, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or Yellow Delicious tree in your yard along with your Red Delicious and you will get abundant fruit and good variety. You could have eating apples and cooking apples to last you all year long with two of our trees. To save money and enjoy growing your own fruit easily, you can't do better than our Red Delicious apple tree.

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Growing Zone 5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Malus 'Red Delicious'
Mature Width 8-10 ft. Mature Height 10-15 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 700-800
Drought Tolerance Good Spacing 8-10 ft.


Growing Zone 5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Malus 'Red Delicious'
Mature Width 8-10 ft. Mature Height 10-15 ft.
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 700-800
Drought Tolerance Good Spacing 8-10 ft.

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.


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We take pride in accurate and on-time shipping dates. Of course there are factors that could delay these dates. These are estimates, and we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates. Shipping live products has its challenges and occasionally Mother Nature does not abide by our time frames. On rare occasions we have to delay shipping due to severe weather forecasts in your area or ours. Sometimes the seasons are delayed and plants take longer to reach specifications. Although these types of delays are rare, we try to keep you informed. The health of your plants is our highest concern.

Spring Shipping
Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.