GoldRush apple trees

GoldRush apple tree
  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Cider 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, equally suitable for commercial growers or gardeners and home orchardists. It is widely recognized as one of the best of all modern apples, both in terms of its flavor and its growth characteristics. It makes a fine addition to any backyard orchard.

Its parentage is complex, but it is derived from Golden Delicious and inherits that variety's excellent hard crispness, sweetness, and long storage capability. In fact if picked in good condition and stored in a domestic refrigerator GoldRush should retain its flavor and crispness for 6 months - see Adam's Apples blog about GoldRush for more details. Probably only Fuji and Granny Smith can match it for longevity, and GoldRush has more complex and interesting flavors than either of them.

The flavor when freshly-picked is pronounced and distinctly sharper than Golden Delicious, but it sweetens in storage and it has a good balance of sweet and sharp flavors.

The trees are compact in size and grow in a tidy neat fashion.

Unusually for a modern variety, GoldRush has rapidly become popular for hard cider production - it is a juicy apple, and the juice is also very characterful, with an intense rich tangy sweetness which makes a great addition to cider blends. It is a good variety for sweet cider too.

Last orders for delivery to CA to reach us by 31st March

GoldRush apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.30 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (10ft - 14ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Full-size  (18ft + after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Vigorous rootstock  (vigorous) Antonovka seedling $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of GoldRush


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth
    Naturally suited to central-leader training?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Very resistant?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?


  • Picking season: Very late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
    Will store for 6 months in domestic fridge?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
    Some sharpness when picked, mellows in storage
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for hard cider
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
    Ripens early November in Zone 5, unlikely to ripen further north
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • USDA Zone 9: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?

Pollination guide for GoldRush

GoldRush is in flowering group 4. GoldRush is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow GoldRush apple trees

GoldRush has a tendency to over-crop which if not checked can lead to biennial bearing as the tree gets older. However this is easily remedied by thinning the crop in late spring.

It is very resistant to scab, and fairly resistant to fireblight. However it is susceptible to Cedar Apple Rust in the south and southern mid-west, and may require a basic fungicide in these areas.

GoldRush blossoms quite late, and therefore needs another late-flowering variety nearby for pollination.

GoldRush also ripens quite late and benefits from a long growing season - harvesting in upstate New York would typically be in late October or even early November. Growers in the northern states should therefore make sure the tree is in a sheltered south-facing location in full sun. Training against a south-facing wall may als be beneficial.

Notwithstanding the above, GoldRush is generally a foolproof apple for most areas.

Historical details

GoldRush was developed from a joint breeding program between the Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Stations in the 1990s.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'GoldRush'