Golden Delicious Apple Tree


Golden Delicious Apple Tree

Zones 3-9  Click here to find your Zone

Height and Spread: 15′ x 5-7′  (semi-dwarf variety)

Growth Rate:  Medium (13 to 24″ per year)

Bloom Color: White

Fruit Color: Yellow

Ripening Time:  Late September

Wildlife:  The Golden Delicious apple tree can be a food source for many mammals, including deer.  With this in mind, measures may need to be taken to protect the tree from deer especially.  The Golden Delicious apple is a great pollen source for bees in the spring.  Rodents and rabbits often eat the bark off of apple trees.  Tree tubes are a great way to protect the bark from injury.  When the bark is eaten it will often lead to girdling and eventual death of the tree.

History:  The first Golden Delicious apple tree was discovered in Clay County, West Virginia in 1914.  In the early years it was called “Mullins’ Yellow Seedling”.  It is the state fruit of West Virginia and even has it’s own festival the Clay County Golden Delicious Festival!

Use and Storage: Golden Delicious apple trees produce up to 5 bushels of apples per season.  Crisp and sweet, these apples can be used for pies, sauces, preserves and fresh snacking!

Pollination Requirements:  This semi-dwarf variety is self pollinating and does not need a companion tree to produce fruit.  However, having a pollinator nearby will increase the amount of apples produced.