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Stark Apple Winter. Delaware County, OH, about 1850.

Rugged high-quality all-purpose winter storage variety that keeps beautifully in the root cellar until April. Large blocky dull reddish green fruit, sometimes confused with Baldwin. Hardier than Baldwin though not as hardy as another tough winter keeper, Milden.

Commonly grown commercially in northern districts 100 years ago. Trees can still be found in central Maine. Not of Baldwin dessert quality, but very good for cooking and drying.

Ruth Smith from York Harbor wrote to me years ago about Stark: “I was always amazed at the color and thickness of the applesauce. I had to add a lot more water than the usual apple needed. It was very tart applesauce.”

According to Hedrick in his Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits, the tree is “vigorous, hardy, healthy, productive, and very accommodating as to soils.” Keeps until spring. Not to be confused with the Maine apple Starkey or the famous Stark Brothers’ Nursery in Missouri. Midseason bloomer. Z4-5. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination, but any apple or crabapple blooming at the same time, within a quarter mile, will probably do.

Planting distance depends on the rootstock:
Plant standard trees (A) 25-30' apart.
Plant Bud 118 (B) rootstocks 20-25' apart.
Plant M111 (C) rootstocks 15-20' apart.
Plant Bud 9 (D) rootstocks 5-10' apart.

Each apple variety has a climate range where it will thrive and produce its best fruit. At the end of each apple description we list a range of zones. For example, Z3-4 signifies that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 3 and 4 and that we don’t recommend it farther south even though it would be plenty hardy. Z4-6 means that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 4, 5 or 6. Although we have received reports from southern areas that some of our rarest Maine apples are thriving, we suggest you use this guide to select apples most appropriate to your area.

Varieties bearing annually are noted; others normally bear every other year. With diligent annual pruning and thinning, most apples will produce an annual crop, one heavy, the next light.

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