Ida red Apple tree

Idared Apple Tree

Shipping Information

We ship from February 15 through mid- April, and again in early October, weather permitting. We will only ship when we feel confident that the plants will arrive in good condition. Some plants have very restricted shipping seasons for that reason. When we confirm your order, we will try to specify the ship date that we feel is best. We do not cold store plants. If you are in the Midwest, on the east coast, or in Alaska, we may not be able to ship you dormant plants during your prime planting season.Why is shipping so expensive? We ship USPS priority mail, and shipping is calculated by the USPS zones. Although it is expensive, by shipping Priority Mail, we can be sure the plant arrive quickly and in good shape. Fruit and nut trees often ship in boxes that are 60″ x 8″ x 8″. These boxes are oversized and considered 20 lbs, no matter how light they are, and in US Postal Zones 4-8 also incur a balloon charge. We ship to all states within the U.S., limited by weather and each state’s agricultural restrictions. At this time, we do not ship to other countries.

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Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Idared apple trees for sale:

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Where to buy fresh fruit

United States

  • Arizona

    • Beatty’s Orchard, Hereford
  • Colorado

    • Happy Apple Farm, Penrose
    • Third Street Apples, Penrose
  • Connecticut

    • Allyn’s Red Barn, Ledyard
    • Averill Farm, Washington Depot
    • Bishop’s Orchard, Guilford
    • Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm, LLC, Sharon
    • Hindinger Farm, Hamden
    • Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
    • Palazzi Orchard, East Killingly
    • Scott’s Yankee Farmer, East Lyme
    • Seek No Further Orchard, Hebron
  • Illinois

    • Camp’s Orchard, Roseville
    • Kuipers Family Farm, Maple Park
  • Indiana

    • Anderson Orchard, Mooresville
    • Apple Works, Trafalgar
    • Beasley’s Orchard and Gardens, Danville
    • Bruick Brothers Produce / Advanced Tree Technology, New Haven
    • Chandler’s Farm, Fillmore
    • Cook’s Orchard, Fort Wayne
    • Deer Creek Orchard, Galveston
    • Dougherty Orchards, Cambridge City
    • G. W. Stroh Orchards, Angola
    • Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Farm Market, Goshen
    • McClure’s Orchard, Peru
    • Mowry’s Fruit Farm, Crown Point
    • Orchard Hill Farms, Kendallville
    • Pleasant View Orchard, Fairland
    • Radke’s Orchards, Michigan City
    • Schafer Orchards, Princeton
    • Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield
  • Iowa

    • 3 Bee Farms, Griswold
    • Appleberry Orchard, Donnellson
    • Blueridge Orchard, Denver
    • Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge
    • Ditmars Orchard, Council Bluffs
    • East View Orchard, Fredericksburg
    • Gravert’s Apple Basket Orchard, Sabula
    • Iowa Orchard, Urbandale
    • Mincer Orchard & Farms, Hamburg
    • Wilson’s Orchard, Iowa City
  • Kentucky

    • Reed Valley Orchard, Paris
  • Massachusetts

    • Bartlett’s Orchard, Richmond
    • Bolton Spring Farm, Bolton
    • Charlton Orchard, Inc., Charlton
    • Green River Farms, Williamstown
    • Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton
    • Red Apple Farm, Phillipston
    • Russell Orchards, Ipswich
  • Michigan

    • (A.W.) Overhiser Orchards, South Haven
    • Alber’s Orchard & Cider Mill, Manchester
    • Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm, Freeland
    • Bennett’s Orchard, Ottawa Lake
    • Crane’s U-Pick, Fennville
    • Earth First Farms, Berrien Center
    • Elliotts Orchard, Bellaire
    • Erie Orchards and Cider Mill, Erie
    • Erwin Orchards U-Pick & Cider Mill, South Lyon
    • Evans Brothers Fruit Company, Frankfort
    • Grand View Orchard, Hudsonville
    • Granny’s Orchard, Eaton Rapids
    • Gull Meadow Farms, Richland
    • Hildebrand Fruit Farms, Berrien Springs
    • Husted Farm Market and Cider Mill, Kalamazoo
    • Jacques Orchard, Hemlock
    • Johanson’s Apple World, Baroda
    • Keeney Orchards, Tipton
    • Klackle Orchards, Greenville
    • Knaebe’s “Mmmunchy Krunchy” Apple Farm Cider Mill, Rogers City
    • Koan’s Orchard, Flushing
    • Kreps Apple Barn, LaSalle
    • Leaman’s Green Applebarn, Freeland
    • Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, New Era
    • Markillie Orchard and Cider Mill, Howell
    • Miller Family Orchard, Vassar
    • Moelker Orchards & Farm Market, Grand Rapids
    • Orchard Hill Farm, Caledonia
    • Pankiewicz Cider Mill & Farm Market, Casco
    • Phillips Orchards & Cider Mill, Saint Johns
    • Porter’s Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill, Goodrich
    • Red Apple Orchard, Britton
    • Rennhack Orchards, Hart
    • Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, Grand Rapids
    • Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Mattawan
    • Speaker Lone Oak Orchard, Melvin
    • Tompkins’ Orchard and Country Store, Vassar
    • Uptegraff’s Orchard, Davison
    • VerHage Fruit Farms, Kalamazoo
    • Westview Farm, Mattawan
    • Westview Orchards & Winery, Romeo
    • Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair, Ypsilanti
  • Nebraska

    • Martin’s Hillside Orchard, Ceresco
  • New Hampshire

    • Applecrest Farm Orchards, Hampton Falls
    • Butternut Farm LLC, Farmington
    • Demeritt Hill Farm, Lee
  • New Jersey

    • Beemerville Orchards, Sussex
    • Delicious Orchards, Colts Neck
    • Parks Farms, Chester
  • New York

    • Apple Barrel Orchards, Penn Yan
    • Bellinger’s Apple Orchard, Fultonville
    • Bidwell Orchards, Fort Plain
    • Billy Bob’s Orchard, Putnam Station
    • Borden’s Orchard, Schaghticoke
    • Bowman Orchards, Rexford
    • G and S Orchards, Macedon
    • Goold Orchards, Castleton on Hudson
    • Grisamore Farms, Locke
    • Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, North Salem
    • Hathaway Farms LLC, Ripley
    • Indian Ladder Farms Inc., Altamont
    • Lone Maple Farm, Binghamton
    • LoveApple Farms, Ghent
    • Masker Fruit Farms Inc., Warwick
    • Mead Orchards LLC, Tivoli
    • Miller’s Apples, Dunkirk
    • Morgan Farms LLC, Marion
    • Ontario Orchards Farm, Market & Cider Mill, Sterling
    • Oriole Orchards, Red Hook
    • Prospect Hill Orchards, Milton
    • Samascott Orchard, Kinderhook
    • Smith’s Orchard Cider Mill, Lockport
    • Soons Orchards Inc., New Hampton
    • Spring Wagon Orchards, Penn Yan
    • Whittier Fruit Farm, Rochester
    • Windy Hill Orchard & Farm Market, Cassville
  • North Carolina

    • Skytop Orchards, Flat Rock
  • Ohio

    • Apple Hill Orchards, Mansfield
    • Beckwith Orchards, Cider Mill and Gift Shop, Kent
    • Burnham Orchards, Berlin Heights
    • Eshleman Fruit Farm, Clyde
    • Granville Orchard, Granville
    • Highwater Orchard, Newark
    • Hoen’s Orchard and Market, Delta
    • Hucks Orchard, South Charleston
    • Hugus Fruit Farm, Rushville
    • Johnston Fruit Farms, Swanton
    • Legend Hills Orchard, Utica
    • MacQueen Orchards, Holland
    • Monroe’s Orchard & Farm Market, LLC, Hiram
    • Ochs Fruit Farm, Lancaster
    • Wesler Orchards, New Paris
    • West Orchards, Perry
  • Oregon

    • Marquam Meadows Fruit Company, Molalla
    • River Bend Farm/Pleasant Hill Orchard, Eugene
    • Smith Berry Barn, Hillsboro
  • Pennsylvania

    • Andrews Farm Market, Saint Thomas
    • Apple Castle, New Wilmington
    • Dries Orchards, Sunbury
    • Emerald Cider Mill, Slatington
    • Godfrey Run Farm, LLC, Lake City
    • Gulicks Fruit Farm, Bangor
    • Kistaco Farm, Apollo
    • Klim Orchard, Lake Ariel
    • Masonic Village Farm Market, Elizabethtown
    • McConnells’ Farm, Aliquippa
    • Northrop’s Apple Acres, Lake City
    • Orton’s Fruit Farm, North East
    • Oyler’s Organic Farms, Biglerville
    • Pappy’s Orchard, Coopersburg
    • Ross Run Ranch, Tionesta
    • Shanesville Fruit Farm, Boyertown
    • Shenot Farm, Wexford
    • Simmons Farm, McMurray
    • Soergel’s Orchards, Wexford
    • Strites’ Orchard, Harrisburg
    • Taggart’s Orchard, Washington
    • Townsend Brother’s Fruit Farm, Spring Church
  • Rhode Island

    • Barden Family Orchard, North Scituate
    • Rocky Brook Orchard, Middletown
  • Utah

    • Zollinger Fruit & Tree Farm, Inc, Logan
  • Vermont

    • Outback Orchard, Florence
    • Terry’s Orchard, Bennington
  • Virginia

    • Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market, Winchester
    • Reed Orchard, Bent Mountain
    • Richard’s Fruit Market, Middletown
    • Rinker Orchards, Inc., Stephens City
    • Silver Creek and Seamans’ Orchards, Inc., Tyro
    • Virginia Farm Market, Winchester
  • Washington

    • Tonnemaker Hill Farm, Royal City
  • Wisconsin

    • Door Creek Orchard, Cottage Grove
    • Orchard Store at Old Homestead, Franksville
    • Rim’s Edge Orchard, Germantown
    • Sutter’s Ridge Orchard, Mt Horeb

United Kingdom

  • England – midlands

    • Walsgrove Farm, Worcester
  • England – south-east

    • Holton Orchards, Halesworth


  • Poitou-Charente

    • Les Vergers de Vendée, Maureuil sur Lay


  • British Columbia

    • Roseridge Orchards, Kelowna
    • Salt Spring Apple Company, Salt Spring Island
  • New Brunswick

    • Verger Belliveau Orchard, Memramcook
  • Nova Scotia

    • Elderkin’s Farm Market, Greenwich
    • Vista Bella Farm Orchard and Apiary, Malagash
  • Ontario

    • Blue Dog Orchards, Clear Creek
    • DeVries Fruit Farm, Fenwick
    • Dixie Orchards, Caledon
    • Juicy-Fruit Orchards, Thedford
    • Kennette Apple Orchard, Lakeshore
    • Meleg’s Lakeview Orchard & Cider Mill, Kingsville
    • Moore Orchards, Cobourg
    • Rural Route Orchard, Halton Hills

Fruit Trees

Please read the following important information to better understand what we do, our procedures and what to expect if you decide to order trees from Adams County Nursery.

Who We Are

We are a commercial nursery and work strictly in fruit tree propagation. We grow and handle approximately one million trees annually, and 95% of these trees are distributed to commercial fruit growers throughout the United States and Canada. This has been our business and privilege for over a century. Over the years we have also developed a wonderful following of backyard gardeners and hobbyists, and we are pleased to reserve a percentage of our inventory to fill these smaller orders. We are inspired by these growers’ enthusiasm and quest for knowledge and want to do our part to support and educate this sector of our customer base. But please keep in mind that we still operate as a commercial nursery. We do not have picture tags, we are not set up to pot the trees and we do not provide USDA zones on our variety pages. We receive many questions every year and we spent some time compiling them for our FAQ page. Please refer to this page for any questions you may have, and of course contact us if you have any further questions.


We want our customers to understand and appreciate that fruit trees are not low maintenance plants. Fruit trees require work, and the amount of work you put into them directly correlates to yield and fruit quality. Good pruning, spraying and thinning practices go a long way. The rewards are plenty if the trees are given the care and attention they need. Please consider this an investment in both money and time.

Availability and Ordering Process

Commercial fruit tree demand has been very high over the past several years, and our commercial growers order trees 1-2 years in advance. By the time springtime rolls around we are sold out of many items. We always encourage early ordering. You are welcome to reserve trees/place your order at any time. If you wish to order more than 8 months in advance please contact us directly.
Also, please note that we are not able to offer every variety/rootstock combination that we grow to our retail customers. Even though the listing must be somewhat limited, we will still make every effort to provide a comprehensive collection of varieties to our hobbyist growers.
Please know that this side of our site is designed to take orders of less than 25 trees. If you are ordering a total of more than 25 trees please submit an order on the commercial side of our site, so that the trees pull from the correct inventory.

Our Product

We supply 2-year bare root trees. They are dug in the late fall season, graded, counted, tied up and put in cold storage for the winter months. The trees are still dormant when we distribute them in the springtime. All of our trees are the same age; however by nature, there is some size variance throughout the field. The average tree size you can expect to receive is 4-5′ in height and ½-⅝” in caliper.


Our guarantee is similar to that of other commercial nurseries and applies to both our commercial and retail orders. We have a limited warranty that covers the first growing season. Most mail-order nurseries have a one-year warranty, but we do not. If your trees do not start or if you have any problems with them please let us know by July 1st of the same year and we will replace them at no cost to you the following spring. If we are notified by September 1st of the year the trees were planted we will replace them at one half of the current list price. To read our full policy please see Our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

How to Choose the Best Apples for Baking and Cooking

With so many varieties of apples to choose from — over 2,500 in the United States alone — no wonder it’s challenging to know which apple to use for what kind of recipe. Let’s compare some of the most popular commercially available apples to help you sort out which ones are the best apples for apple pie, the best apples for applesauce, the best apples for all-purpose baking, and more.

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Related: 13 Savory Main Dishes Featuring Sweet Apples

Comparing Apples to Apples

What are the best apples for apple pie? For adding to salads? For applesauce? For eating out of hand? Read on.


Braeburns have a sweet-tart flavor, with a texture that remains firm when it’s baked. An all-purpose apple, it works well in pies and tarts where you don’t want the filling to be overly juicy.

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Cortlands are juicy and slightly tart, with bright red skin and snowy white flesh. They are a terrific baking apple: Great apples for pies, cobblers, and crisps. When sliced, Cortlands are a excellent for salads and cheese plates, as the flesh doesn’t brown and discolor quickly.

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Empires are a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious apples. Firm-textured and sweet-tart, the Empire is a fine all-purpose apple good for juice, sauce, pies, baking, salads, eating fresh, and drying.

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Firm, crisp, and juicy, Fuji apples are among the most popular apples for eating fresh, but they’re also great for baking, as they hold their shape when they cook.

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A crisp, sweet apple with a mild flavor, Galas have yellow-orange skin with red striping. They’re among the best apples for applesauce, salads, eating out-of-hand, and pressing into cider.

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Golden Delicious

The Golden Delicious is sweet, with a rich, mellow flavor. It is one of the best all-around cooking apples, as it maintains its shape after baking.

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Granny Smith

One of the most popular tart apples, Granny Smiths are crisp and quite sour. They’re a good all-purpose cooking apple, and their flavor is enhanced when paired with sweeter, spicier apples in pies and crisps.

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Gravensteins come in red or yellow varieties, with a sweet-tart flavor and firm texture. They’re excellent apples for eating fresh as well as baking, cooking down into applesauce, and pressing into cider. They have a very short season and don’t keep well, so snap them up when you see them at a farmers market or farm stand.

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Developed in Minnesota and introduced fairly recently, Honeycrisps are fantastic eating apples. As the name indicates, they are crisp and juicy, with a honey-sweet and tart flavor. Honeycrisps are also good for baking and applesauce.

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Ida Red

A very old variety, Ida Reds have a tangy flavor and a flesh that is sometimes tinted a rosy pink. Ida Red apples make beautiful applesauce: cook the apples with the skins on and strain the sauce to get the best pink color. Ida Reds keep their shape during baking and are also excellent in salads and for freezing.

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A blend of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples, Jonagolds have a tangy-sweet flavor. With a yellow-green base and a blush stripe, is excellent both for eating fresh and for cooking.

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Jonathans are quite tart, with a rich, slightly spicy apple flavor. They hold their shape well when baked. They are also good in salads and for applesauce.

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Sweet and aromatic, Macouns are excellent for snacking, in salads and for sauce. With bright red skin and juicy white flesh, they make an attractive apple on a cheese plate.

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A classic bright red apple with green undertones, juicy, crisp McIntoshes tend to break down when cooked. They are delicious eaten out of hand or in sauce, and are best paired with Golden Delicious or other apples in pies and other baked goods.

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Mutsu (Crispin)

This large, yellow-green fruit is very juicy and super crisp. It has a sweet, refreshing flavor and is great for fresh eating, salads, freezing, sauce, and baking.

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Northern Spy

This late-season apple has a crisp, white, juicy flesh with a sweet-tart flavor. A great storage apple, it’s also perfect for baking and juicing.

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The Winesap is very firm and aromatic, with a spicy bite. A sweet-flavored apple, Winesaps are good in sauces and for baking.

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About Them Apples

Even though some apples are better suited for certain kinds of recipes than others, you don’t have to limit yourself to using just one kind of apple when you’re cooking or baking. Many cooks like to use a mixture of apples to get more complex flavors and textures.

If you’re buying apples during autumn’s apple season at farmers’ markets and specialty grocers, you have a better chance of finding regional and heirloom varieties. Be sure to ask the grower how they work in recipes.

How to Store Apples

Though they’re at their best when they’re freshly picked in autumn, apples that ship and store well are available year-round. When you get them home, store in a dry, cool place. They’ll keep best if the individual apples don’t touch: It’s true, one bad apple spoils the bunch! If you store them in the fridge, keep them away from lettuce and other delicate produce, as the ethylene gas naturally produced by apples causes fruits and vegetables to ripen and/or spoil faster.

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