Apple 'Red Delicious'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Delicious
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Time:

Late season flowering



Rootstock Vigor:

Unknown - Tell us

Bearing Habit:


Disease Resistance:

Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew

Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

Resistant to Fireblight

Fruit Usage:


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Anselmo, California

Watkinsville, Georgia

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Tunnel Hill, Illinois

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Andover, Kansas

Tecumseh, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Colville, Washington

Appleton, Wisconsin

Janesville, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 24, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Here in southeast PA, my neighbor's two doors down have had an apple tree in their front yard since before 2000 AD and perhaps as far back as to the 70's sometime. This year it had a large crop. It has never been sprayed with insecticide or fungicide and the apples have some bad spots, but they are perfectly edible. At first some fell mostly green and were good; then later they turned red and have a soft texture showing that they are 'Red Delicious' and are very good. Nice to have free and organic fruit.


On Mar 28, 2011, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I just purchased this apple cultivar at Costco today -- very excited to see how it fares out here in Aurora, TX!


On Nov 26, 2007, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Thin the fruit if you want big fruits, leave them if you like small apples for the children in your household.
They need a little more chill than we usually have, but the fruit is worth the wait. They also tend to grow crops every two years if you don't thin.
Anyhow, enjoy the delicious sweet fruit!


On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Most widely-grown apple in the world. Fruits mid-season. Needs a pollinizer


On Jan 25, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This cultivar is widely known. Flavor is sweet and color is a deep red all over. Fruit is crisp and pale yellow. Great for fresh eating, ciders and for salads. Storage potential is outstanding in controlled environments - up to 10 months. Bruising is a problem with this variety.