• Required ? Yes
  • Type : semi dwarf
  • Characteristics : sweet
  • Mature Height : 12-14 feet
  • Support Required : No
  • Bloom Period : Mid April
  • Sun Exposure : Full Sun
  • Will Produce Fruit In: 3-5 years
  • Harvest Period : Mid Sept
  • Soil Type : well drained
  • Zones : 5 - 7



The Red Delicious Apple Tree - Malus domestica "Red Delicious" :

The Red Delicious apple is America’s favorite snacking apple.The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple in the world. Red Delicious apples have firm, white or cream white flesh that is juicy, aromatic, sweet tasting. They are best eaten raw because of their thick skin. The heart shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes exhibits some red striping. It is crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor.

The Red Delicious is widely used in salads. Red Delicious apples look great for a long time so they are the favored choice for holiday centerpieces and wreaths. The fruit keeps fresh very well and can be found year around in stores.

The Red Delicious apple tree grows best in Zones 5 to 7. More info on Hardiness Zones

Zone 5  -10 Degrees °F to -20 Degrees °F
Zone 7  +10 Degrees °F to 0   Degrees °F

Red Delicious Apple History

The Red Delicious, like many other cultivars, was a chance seedling. The legend is that a hardy seedling was found in 1868 by one Jesse Hiatt, an apple grower outside Peru, Iowa, USA. Hiatt tried to kill it, but it kept coming back, and finally Hiatt let it grow, eventually bringing its fruit to a fruit show in Louisiana, Missouri. It won first prize. All Red Delicious apples are direct descendants of this original tree.

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Apple Lore

8,000 B.C.
- Nomadic hunter/gatherer societies invent agriculture and begin to "settle" in places throughout the "fertile crescent" from the Nile through the Tigris and Euphrates, the Indus, and Yellow River Valleys. As both trade and military expeditions begin among these earliest civilizations, dessert apples quickly spread from the forests of their origin in the Tien Shan mountains of eastern Kazakstan throughout the "civilized" world. Each settlement seeks to embellish their "paradise" or pleasure grounds with the most tempting apples of the forests. Previously isolated gene pools from some of the 25 distinctly different species of apples found throughout the world are now brought in contact with each other and gene transfer among apple species occurs.

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