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Golden Spire



An old northern English cooking apple. Unusual tall, oblong shape and cidery flavour.

Origin: Lancashire UK, 1850

Pollination: Golden Spire is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop.  Pollination partners

Golden Spire apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Golden Spire tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Golden Spire tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Golden Spire tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Golden Spire tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Golden Spire tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Golden Spire

Found in Lancashire in about 1850. Introduced by Richard Smith, nurseryman, of Worcester. In Gloucestershire, where it was grown as a cider apple, it is known as Tom Matthews. Quite widely grown in the late 19th century and also recommended as a decorative tree due to its weeping habit.

A distinctly shaped, tall, oblong apple. Light green becoming golden yellow when fully ripe. Deep cream flesh with quite intense, almost cidery flavour. Sharp and juicy. Cooks to a yellow puree, slightly brisk and well flavoured.

A tree of weak vigour with a weeping habit. Heavy cropper.

Characteristics of Golden Spire apple trees

UseCulinary
ColourYellow
FlavourSharp
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Sep
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourSmall
Tree habitSpreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Suitable forNorthern Britain
Special featuresAttractive Blossom
Good for Cider
Pollination date5
Pollination groupB
Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners