Say hello to every gardener’s dream 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 as the state tree for West Virginia.
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. Beautiful clusters of pink buds open to reveal creamy white blooms in early spring. 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.
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 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.
This sweet tart apple cultivar grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-8. It can grow in most of the United States. Requires 600-700 chill hours. This semi dwarf variety grows up to 15-20 feet tall and wide at maturity.
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 potted trees in soil and trees include planting instructions.
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Malus domestica 'Golden Delicious'
- Edible fruit
- High yeilding
- Easy to grow