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.
Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.
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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.
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GoldRush is in flowering group 4. GoldRush is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.
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.
GoldRush was developed from a joint breeding program between the Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Stations in the 1990s.
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