Say hello to every gardener’s dream apple tree! The Golden Delicious apple tree is one of the world’s most popular apple trees and is among the easiest and most dependable apple trees to grow. Commonly called the Yellow Delicious apple tree.
This apple variety is a chance seedling – which means it was unintentionally bred. It was then intentionally cloned for commercial use because of the unique traits of this sweet apple. The unique traits of this sweet apple then led it to be intentionally cloned for commercial use. Later, it was named the state tree for West Virginia.
Beautiful clusters of pink flower buds open to reveal creamy white blooms in the early spring growing season. From September to October, the fruit will turn from a pale green to their familiar golden green color. This signals that they are ripe and ready to be picked. This tasting apple tree bears fruit in the first few years of planting.
The apple’s thin skin and delicious crispness in its white flesh make the Golden Delicious ideal for eating good fresh off the tree and for baking. The apple’s yellow peel and sweetly tangy flavor make a tempting snack. Our favorite way to use this is as apple pie or apple sauce.
What is a Rooster Tree?
The Golden Delicious tree is self-fertile but also makes one of the best pollinators for other varieties such as Red Delicious or Granny Smith because it has such a long bloom period—so much so that it’s been called a “rooster” tree!
It provides pollen so readily for other varieties that even a neighboring apple tree down the road can use this fruit tree for cross pollination. One of the most useful apple varieties to have because of this. Orchard growers love the yellow delicious apple.
Golden Delicious Apple Tree Care
This sweet tart apple cultivar grows best in USDA plant growing zones 4-8. It can grow in most of the United States in full sun and well drained soil. Requires 600-700 chill hours. This semi dwarf variety grows up to 15-20 feet tall and wide when a mature tree.
The Golden Delicious apple season will start at different times of the year depending on where you live and when your last frost date is. The golden fruits are best as short-storage eating apples.
These are not bare root trees. We ship these young trees in soil and trees include planting instructions. A regular watering schedule the first year of planting is essential to establish a strong root system.
Shop our Golden Delicious Apple tree for sale. It is easy to grow and has excellent disease resistance.
Check out our Apple Tree Grow Guide!
Malus domestica 'Golden Delicious'
- Edible fruit
- High yeilding
- Easy to grow