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Ornamental & Delicious Fruit - Red Delicious Apple Tree!

  • Beautiful Deep-Red Fruit
  • Sweet, Crisp, White Flesh
  • Mild & Sweet Flavor
  • Rosy-Pink Buds Open to White Blooms
  • Fragrant - Attracts Pollinators!
  • Attractive Rounded Shape
  • Deep Green Foliage
  • Specimen Tree or Orchard Quality
  • Most Widely Grown in the World!
  • Color Throughout the Year
  • Mid-Season Bloom
  • Late-Season Harvest
  • Long Storage Life
  • ~700-800 Chill Hours

The Red Delicious Apple (Malus 'Red Delicious') tree is a deciduous, ornamental tree that produces superior fruit. Red Delicious has deep red skin and conical shape encasing flesh that is white and crisp, with a sweet flavor.

In the spring, clusters of small white flowers with subtle pink hues will adorn its branches with their fragrant elegance. Pollinators adore these blooms as much as you will!

In the summer, dark green leaves adorn a rounded shape which turns a brilliant yellow in autumn, sprinkled with deep red fruit. It is truly a tree for all seasons!

The Red Delicious apple is the most widely grown variety in the world. It's a widely planted, popular apple tree in North America, with a variety of uses. Red Delicious was the single largest variety produced in Washington State in 2005.

Get planting your own apple trees for home-grown goodness and healthy fruit production! This will quickly become your favorite apple as well!

How to Use Red Delicious Apple Tree In The Landscape

Fantastic apples for fresh eating, fruit salads, and desserts, this healthy snack-on-the-go is lunch box-sized and travels great!

Your Red Delicious can grow to 12 feet tall with an equal spread, resulting in a relatively rounded crown and pleasing landscape appearance which can last up to 50 years.

You can grow one as an accent or shade tree for the front yard, or plant several on a side yard for a private orchard.

The fantastic blooms in spring are enough to make this a perfect front yard specimen plant! Edible landscaping and dual-purpose gardening are great for this healthy and ornamental tree!

Harvest in late September or mid-October, plus enjoy a long storage life in cold storage or refrigeration.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Requiring full sun for the most blooms and best crop, be sure to provide at least 6 hours of direct light per day!

Tolerating any type of soil that is well-drained, these trees don’t mind some acidic conditions. However, they do require consistent moisture availability and supplemental watering during drought.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Prune your tree to open the canopy for sunlight and air circulation to reach the interior. This prevents disease and mildew issues. Fruit needs to be thinned for larger fruit.

The Red Delicious apple is a lovely ornamental tree that will provide you with a crop of delicious and nutritious fruit each fall. Our apple trees are always in high demand. Quantities are limited and many will sell out soon. Order now from NatureHills.com to avoid disappointment!


Recommended pollinators: Braeburn, Yellow Delicious, Red Jonathan, Fuji, Gala & Honeycrisp


Rootstocks Explained

Apple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.

The apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.

There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these apple varieties are:

Standard Apples

  • Height 18 - 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 - 18 feet

Semi-Dwarf Apples

  • Height: 12-18 feet
  • Spread: 10 - 15 feet

Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Red Delicious Apple Was Meant to be a True American Classic

The Red Delicious Apple was found as an unwanted seedling by Jesse Hiatt a Peru, Iowa orchardist in 1870. He cut it to the ground.

The unwanted seedling sprouted back, and Hiatt cut it off again. Hiatt reportedly was stunned to see the persistent seedling sprout for the third time. This time, the Iowa Quaker farmer is said to have proclaimed "if thee must live, thee may" and proceeded to trim the tree into a productive character.

Hiatt nurtured the seedling, and when it was about 10 years old it produced it's first set of blooms. (Trees from seed and not grafted can often take many years to set fruit). After blooming, only one piece of fruit remained, and as it developed, Hiatt saw that it had a similar shape with 5 points at the bottom similar to the nearby Yellow Bellflower. But as this fruit developed, it was clearly not the same color. Instead, it was strawberry colored with streaks of dark red running from stem to the bottom.

Finally, the day came to pick and taste to see if his efforts would be rewarded. As the story goes, Hiatt was so excited he proclaimed to his wife "Ma, this is the best apple in the whole world!"

There was no simple road to becoming one of the most beloved apples in history. After Hiatt's realization, keeping the tree alive and healthy would prove to be a challenge. With the trunk at least 6 inches in diameter a great wind took the top out of the tree, leaving the tree exposed. The trunk sunburns and cracks. The bark begins to peel off. With great effort Hiatt Wraps a heavy cover around the trunk of the tree to help it. Hiatt then names his great selection Hawkeye and introduces it to local nursery growers, who reject it.

Hiatt's confidence in his special apple never quit. In 1893, he sent 4 apples to a fruit show sponsored by the Stark Nursery in Louisiana, Missouri. His fruit was awarded first place. Upon sampling the apple, Clarence L Stark is quoted as saying "My, that's Delicious and that should be the name for it."

Hiatt's confidence in his special apple never quit. In 1893, he sent 4 apples to a fruit show sponsored by the Stark Nursery in Louisiana, Missouri. His fruit was awarded first place. Upon sampling the apple, Clarence L Stark is quoted as saying "My, that's Delicious and that should be the name for it."

Persistence finally paid off; he re-entered his selection in the 1894 Stark show. As the entries were opened, Hiatt's apples were recognized immediately. Stark quickly wrote Hiatt. Soon after, Stark met with Hiatt and determined that the tree was sound. He purchased the propagation rights. It was introduced in limited quantity in 1895 as 'Delicious' but was later renamed Red Delicious so not to be confused with Starks Yellow Delicious. Of course, it's now a true American classic.


Red Delicious Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Red Delicious'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet
Mature Spread Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
When To Prune When Dormant