Apple - Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious Apple

Malus domestica
The most widely grown apple throughout the world. Requires a warm location to achieve full sweetness.

Origin: USA 1890

Pollination:  Golden Delicious is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Golden Delicious Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price*
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price*
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden

History and description of Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious arose from a chance seedling, possibly of Grimes Golden, found by A H Mullins, Clay County, West Virginia, USA c1890. He named it Yellow Seedling. In 1914 Mullins sent samples of the fruit to Stark Bros Nursery. They were so impressed that they bought the tree for $5000 and built a cage around it to prevent anyone stealing graftwood. Stark Bros renamed and introduced the variety as Golden Delicious in 1916. It was awarded the Wilder Medal in 1921. It was extensively planted in the USA from the 1920's onward and from the 1960's onward in France and elsewhere in Europe. It is now one of the most widely grown apples throughout the world. It has only been grown on a small scale in the UK since its introduction by E Bunyard in 1926 as it is considered to require a warmer and sunnier climate.

Medium sized, round-conical to oblong fruit. Greenish yellow skin ripening to golden yellow. Occasional russet patches. Cream coloured flesh. Crisp and juicy, with a very sweet refreshing taste when first picked. Excellent keeping qualities but tending to lose both texture and flavour in storage. Keeps its shape when cooked and is the most commonly used apple for pastries in France.

Moderately vigorous, spreading tree. Good cropper. Disease resistant. Attractive white blossom. Good pollinator. Requires a good summer to ripen well.

Main characteristics of Golden Delicious

Use Dessert
Colour Yellow
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Oct
Season of use  Nov-Jun

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Resistant
Suitable for Late Frost
Special features Attractive Blossom
Good Pollinator
Cooked Keeps Shape

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Progeny  Nuvar™ Cheerfull Gold™CrispinElstarRed FalstaffFalstaffFreybergGalaGreensleevesJonagoldRubinetteSaturnSpencerSummerred
Sports  Starkspur Golden Delicious