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Apple Tree, ‘Golden Delicious’

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‘Golden Delicious’ apple is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world.  It produces large fruit with beautiful golden skin and crisp flesh.  The delicious fruit is exceptionally sweet and rich, almost like eating raw sugar cane. ‘Golden Delicious’ is a versatile apple that can be used for fresh eating and baking.  This all-purpose apple typically ripens from September to October and is one of the best pollinators for most other apple tree varieties.  ‘Golden Delicious’ is a self-fruitful tree; however, the best fruit is produced with a pollinator, such as a Crabapple or a Red Delicious.

‘Golden Delicious’ 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. This tasty apple has since grown in popularity and is now a popular supermarket apple.

‘Golden Delicious’ requires 600 to 700 chill hours.



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 - October

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.