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Apple tree - Malus Domestica 'Starking' (Red Delicious) - Girth - 16-18cm - Height 280-290cm - 70lt

Apple tree - Malus Domestica 'Starking' (Red Delicious) - Girth - 16-18cm - Height 280-290cm - 70lt

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The Malus domestica 'Starking' tree, commonly known as the Starking apple tree, is a cultivar prized for its exceptional qualities in home orchards and commercial fruit production. Belonging to the Rosaceae family, this deciduous tree bears the fruit that epitomizes the classic apple flavour profile – sweet with a hint of tartness, crisp, and juicy.

Starking apple trees are renowned for their moderate growth rate, reaching heights of around 12 to 15 feet at maturity, with a similar spread. Their sturdy, upright branches make them suitable for various climates and soil types, although they thrive best in well-drained, fertile soils with full sun exposure.

The tree produces an abundance of medium to large-sized apples, typically ripe for harvest in mid to late autumn. The Starking apple itself boasts a vibrant red skin, often with some green undertones, making it visually appealing. Its flesh is white, dense, and succulent, offering a satisfying crunch with each bite.

One of the notable characteristics of the Starking apple is its versatility in culinary applications. Whether eaten fresh, baked into pies, or pressed into cider, the Starking apple delivers a delightful blend of sweetness and acidity that enhances a wide array of dishes and beverages.

In Spring the Starking apple tree it bursts into a profusion of fragrant white blossoms. These blossoms not only beautify the landscape but also attract pollinators, ensuring abundant fruit set.

Caring for a Starking apple tree involves regular pruning to maintain its shape, promote airflow, and encourage fruit production. Adequate watering, especially during periods of drought, and annual fertilization are essential for optimal growth and fruit development.

  • Common Name

    Apple Golden Delicious

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    hybrid, Japan

  • Flower

    fragrant, pure white flowers

  • Foliage

    oval, dark green

  • Maturation period

    5-10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


West–facing or South–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

neutral soil, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well-drained, well-drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn



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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

What you will not find is hot tubs, garden furniture and plastic garden gnomes. In a nutshell, trees is what we know and trees is what we do, and only trees (and some shrubs to go with the trees).

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