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Stark® Golden Delicious Apple Tree

(136 customer reviews)


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A classic among classics – versatile & reliable!

In 1914, Paul Stark Sr. introduced an apple with no equal: it was sweet, exceptionally juicy, a bit spicy … and it wasn’t red! The tree is an abundant bearer of excellent fresh fruit that, when picked at the perfect ripeness, tastes better than the same apple in a store. A generational favorite for snacking, pies, applesauce and sweet or savory salads. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Discovered by Anderson Mullins in West Virginia. Ripens in late September. Self-pollinating, and also one of the most dependable pollinators for other varieties.


Bloom ColorWhite
Fruit ColorYellow
Fruit SizeMedium-Large
Ripens/HarvestLate September
Soil CompositionLoamy
TasteMild, Sweet
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained
Bloom TimeMid
Years to Bear2-5
Shade LevelFull Sun
Hardiness Zone Range4-9

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  3.5 – 4.5 m tall x 3.5 – 4.5 m wide (12 – 15′ tall x 12 – 15′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 3.5 – 4.5 m (12 – 15′)

Ship Height

Semi-dwarf, Bare-root Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m tall (3-4′ tall) with a 9.5 mm (3/8″) trunk.
Supreme Semi-Dwarf EZ Start® Ships 0.9 – 1.2 m (3-4′) Tall with advanced root system in a 12.7×12.7×30.5 cm (5x5x12″) EZ Start® Pot.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You’ll get fruit with only one plant!

How do I find my Hardiness Zone?

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136 reviews for Stark® Golden Delicious Apple Tree

  1. Marshall Tapley

    Planted 2016 in eastern Washington state. Finally got fruit this year. Not ripe enough to harvest yet. Will check back later.

  2. Russell Anderson

    Bare root tree arrived in good condition and replanting went well. Awaiting first blooms and future apples next year.


    Trees looked good when recieved, are growing good this year, now just waiting till they start producing and we can enjoy the fruits of our labor

  4. Arthur Inyagwa

    I am pleased to see this tree take of in its first season here in the north east where its extremely cold in the winter, for sure I thought it would not come back this spring. I look forward to seeing it flourish. Thanks stark brothers.

  5. Victoria B

    This is my first time ordering trees from Starkbros and I must say the trees I bought were in good condition. At first I was a little worried with this one as it took a little longer to leaf out. I ordered other apple trees and peach trees and they started to leaf out within a few weeks while my Golden Delicious tree was still dormant. At first I thought maybe it was dead but after doing a scratch test I saw some green under the bark and decided to just wait and see what happens. Three to four weeks after planting it into the ground it started to show signs of life. It is doing good as I just fertilized it and hope to see it grow.

  6. Summer York

    I love Stark Bros and their customer service. The first tree I ordered did not grow leaves above the graft line. I called them and let them know and they sent a replacement. This one also is not growing above the graft line. It’s dead above but below the graft line there are leaves growing. I guess I’ll let it grow and discover later at some point what kind of tree I have now.

  7. Lorraine Grasso

    It’s growing nicely & we can’t wait until it’s big enough to produce apples.

  8. Bill Anderson

    I received the bare root apple tree in May of 2018 and planted it according to the enclosed directions. The tree sprouted 5 branches 18″ to 24″ long and looked healthy. One year later (May 2019) three of five branches have flower buds about 30 total and is looking very healthy even after the nasty winter we had up to 25 below zero.

  9. Dwayne Rioux

    Made it through first winter. Still to young to produce fruit.


    Hoped I would get a few blossoms this year but not so for this year.

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