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Apple Tree, 'Golden Delicious'

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit Trees! 'Golden Delicious' is undoubtedly one of the most important apple varieties of the 20th century! Wonderful flavor when it is home grown.
'Golden Delicious' apple is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world, which speaks for its high quality. It is a large all purpose apple that has beautiful golden skin with crisp, delicious flesh. When allowed to ripen to a golden-green color on the tree the true flavor is revealed - exceptionally sweet and rich, almost like eating raw sugar cane. 'Golden Delicious' is also a versatile apple, and can be used both for dessert and cooking purposes, and it has an attractive appearance - which can indeed be golden if left to mature on the tree. 'Golden Delicious' is one of the best pollinators for most other apple varieties and it ripens from September to October. The 'Golden Delicious' needs 600 to 700 chill hours. This is a self-fruitful tree however the best fruit is produced with a pollinator. The best choices: a Crabapple or a Red Delicious.

'Golden Delicious' is now planted in all the major warm apple growing areas of the world. From a grower's perspective 'Golden Delicious' is an attractive proposition - very easy to grow, heavy crops, and fruit that keeps in storage for a long time after harvest. This variety was discovered by a West Virginia farmer at the end of the 19th century. It is generally considered to be a seedling of 'Grimes Golden', to which it bears a strong resemblance. It is also a very popular as a supermarket apple variety.

Apple trees are the most popular and widely grown fruit trees in America. If the proper variety is selected, one may grow apples in any one of the lower 48 states. Apples have long been considered a fruit for northern states only. However, there are several apple varieties that will produce delicious apples in the South as well. Most apple trees require cross-pollination or the presence of a crabapple tree to bear fruit. There are literally hundreds of apple varieties, so we have selected the top choices for home gardening. Also, many of our selections are well known commercial varieties that most Americans have come across in their local grocery.

Plant Details +

Botanical Malus 'Golden Delicious'
Cultivator Type Apple 'Golden Delicious'
Height 15-20' or as pruned
Spacing 18-20'
Hardiness 4-8, -20º to -30ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Yellow/Gold
Harvest September

General Information +

Tip: Yellow, waxy skin. Matures in the fall. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep root system.

Use: Firm, crisp and juicy fruit. Good eating and cooking. Great pollinator. Fruits, landscape, trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Moisture: Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.