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Red Delicious Apple Tree

Malus deliciosa 'Red Delicious'
    1 review
Red Delicious Apple
Red Delicious Apple Tree
Red Delicious Apple
Red Delicious Apple Tree
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Red Delicious Apple Tree

Malus deliciosa 'Red Delicious'
    1 review

Most Popular Variety! An American Classic!

  • Dwarf Tree perfect for smaller yards
  • Great for Eating Fresh and Baking
  • Pick apples in your own backyard
  • Comes in a container, branched, and ready to plant
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Product Details

growing zone 5-8 Growing Zones 5-8
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 12-15 Feet
Mature Width 8-10 Feet
Fall Color Orange
Bloom Color White
Shipping Restriction AZ, CA, ID, OR, WA

The Red Delicious is not just America’s favorite Apple. It is the most widely grown apple tree in the world. This variety is as recognizable as it is versatile! The sweet and tender flesh of this deep red apple is adored by children and adults alike.

Red Delicious Apples are extremely versatile. They are great for juicing, cider, baking, and cooking. This mild, sweet apple is a tasty snack. You will love picking fresh apples and eating them right off the tree with no worries of pesticides or GMOs. The whole family can get in on the yummy fun of harvesting, eating, and cooking your very own apples!

In spring, white flower clusters coat this tree with a hint of pretty pink. The Dwarf Red Delicious Apple tree is covered in dark green leaves until fall transforms this lovely tree into a golden vision. Finally, the moment that everyone anticipates, the tree is adorned with dark red apples ready to be picked around October.

The Red Delicious Apple Tree requires full sun and moist, well-drained soil. The Red Delicious needs a pollination partner. Try Gala, Fuji, Yellow Delicious, Granny Smith, or a Profusion Crabapple for best pollination.

Apples are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It is a snack that everyone in the family can enjoy. With delicious and nutritious fruits each fall, the Red Delicious apple tree creates special family time when it comes to harvest season. From fresh eating to juice squeezing to baking and canning, Red Delicious apples will provide a sweet retreat. Get your Red Delicious Apple tree today because an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Red Delicious Apple Tree FAQ

How To Plant A Red Delicious Apple Tree

Plant this adaptable Apple tree in a hole that is 2-3 feet deep and has loose soil for the roots to penetrate. For the first year, we recommend watering deeply once weekly in spring and summer and once monthly in fall in winter after the establishment period.

When Is Bloom Season For This Apple Tree Variety?

Blooms flowers in mid-season and yields sweet apples in mid September to mid October.

How Long Does It Take This Tree To Grow?

This tree is known to be a fast grower and tops heights of 24" per year.

Red Delicious Apple Tree Care

When planting your Red Delicious Apple tree be sure to choose the right location and conditions for your new tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing temperatures and extreme heat you can plant your Apple tree almost any time of the year.

Apple trees thrive in full sun and well drained soil. Water deeply when planting and twice weekly for 3 months while your tree is establishing. For the first year, we recommend watering deeply once weekly in spring and summer and once monthly in fall in winter after the establishment period. After the first year you will only need to water during dry spells. Adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch is recommended especially with newly planted trees. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost. Choose a slow release fertilizer. When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole. Prune your Apple in late winter to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Scale, Aphids, Mites, and Apple Maggots are insects that can affect Apple trees. You can treat the scale, mites, and aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Apple Maggot can be treated simply with traps you can purchase at any garden center. Apple trees can encounter fungal issues. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating and preventing some fungal diseases and pests. It can be effective, but the entire tree must be coated in order for this method to be effective.

Landscape ideas

Apple trees are lovely in the landscape. Use them like you would any other flowering tree!  They offer an attractive look, blooms, AND a healthy snack!  Use as a specimen or focal tree in your yard, garden, or even a large mixed bed.  Apple trees look gorgeous lining a long driveway or on either side of a short one. The Red Delicious is a dwarf tree at only 12 feet by 12 feet at maturity so it is a great addition to just about any yard.  Plant these apple trees about 12 feet apart to give them plenty of room.

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