Red Delicious Apple Espalier
Malus domestica 'Red Delicious'
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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.

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The Story

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen No
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

Grown on our large metal trellis. 6' tall espalier apple 4-5' wide when shipped. Grown in our #15 espalier container. The perfect edition to your landscape.

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