Hawkeye apple tree started as a small insignificant seedling in Jesse Hiatt's Peru, Iowa orchard, about 1870, as the original Red Delicious. Hawkeye apple tree, was not welcomed at the time and was cut down several times because the seedling wasn't growing in the row of Bellflower apple trees as desired. Nonetheless, Mr. Hiatt admired the tenacity of the Hawkeye apple seedling and gave it a chance to fruit. After many years he finally had an opportunity to sample the determined seedling. Taking out his pocket knife he carefully sliced into the only Hawkeye apple on the tree. In great excitement, Jesse told his wife, "Ma, this is the best apple in the whole world!" He never changed his mind. Hawkeye is the original Red Delicious, the one that earned the name. This genuine original strain of the world's most widely grown apple has never been improved on as far as eating quality, superior in flavor to all Red Delicious strains. The Hawkeye apple is a sweet, juicy and tender apple. Please see below for further information on our organically grown Hawkeye apple trees for sale. Please note: Hawkeye is a small tree this year from nursery around 3 to 4 feet.
Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: Iowa 1870's
Disease resistance: Good
Storage: 1 to 2 months
Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear: 2-4 years
Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.
Mature Size: 12-16 ft.
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height from 3-4 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.