Red Delicious Apple Tree


The Red Delicious apple tree, distinguished by its vivid red apples and originating as a chance seedling on Jesse Hiatt’s Iowa farm in the late 19th century, has been a cornerstone of American apple cultivation, known for its aesthetic appeal and sweetness, despite criticisms for lacking flavor complexity. Adaptable to a wide range of climates and requiring cross-pollination, this variety, which thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8, ripens in late summer to early fall, maintaining its legacy for its iconic taste and contribution to the U.S. fresh apple market.

General Tree Height/Caliper: Most of our fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, plum, pear, nectarine, quince, and cherry) are grafted/budded and are 4-6' tall with a caliper/diameter of about 1/4-3/4". Most have more than 5' height and 1/2" diameter. The other trees are seedlings, such as pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, shade, berry, and flowering trees which range from 18-36" tall.

A rootstock primarily controls a tree's size and how early it bears fruit. Learn more about our specific rootstocks.