Red Delicious Apple Espalier
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The Red Delicious is America’s apple, the classic lunch box treat. This deep red beauty has a sweet, mellow taste, with no trace of acidity like some other apples. In fact, its lack of acidity makes it a popular home remedy for acid reflux! We have trained the Red Delicious Apple Tree to grow flat in an espalier form, which will make for easy picking come harvest time (no ladder required). This Apple Tree Espalier will also add a striking sculptural element to your landscape. Red Delicious opens its pretty white flowers in mid-season and will need another variety of Apple or Crabapple nearby in order to set fruit, so include a friend for your tree if your neighbors don’t happen to have one.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Legend has it that the Red Delicious Apple Tree began life as a seedling that sprouted in the orchard of an Iowa farmer named Jesse Hiatt in the 1870s. Because Apple Trees grown from seed rarely produce decent apples, he cut the tree down. It resprouted. He cut the seedling down again, and after it resprouted once more, he decided to let it live. When the tree bore fruit several years later, he tasted the best apple he’d ever had and named it the ‘Hawkeye’. In 1893, the Hawkeye won an apple contest held by Stark Brothers Nursery and was renamed ‘Delicious’. When the unrelated ‘Golden Delicious’ apple was introduced in 1914, ‘Delicious’ became ‘Red Delicious’ to avoid any confusion and went on to become America’s favorite apple.
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