Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 
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Grimes Golden apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 

Grimes Golden is of historical interest as the probable parent of Golden Delicious, and is usually considered to have a richer flavor than its offspring. Spicy sweetness is perhaps the best way to describe it.

It is green/yellow in color, changing to yellow in storage. The apples store well and have a high sugar content.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Grimes Golden apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.16 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00

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 Grimes Golden

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Grimes Golden

Grimes Golden is in flowering group 3. Grimes Golden is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Grimes Golden apple trees

Grimes Golden has a narrower climate range than Golden Delicious, being traditionally an apple for the central and eastern states, zones 5 and 6, and not especially winter hardy. Grimes Golden is generally productive but not necessarily a regular bearer, which was one of the main reasons it was replaced by Golden Delicious as a commercial apple - however the home grower is likely to put up with Grimes Golden's uncertain productivity as a trade-off for its richer flavor.

In a good spring the fruitlets may require thinning. Fruit size is generally larger in the higher zones.

It is self-fertile and (like Golden Delicious) a good pollinator for other apple varieties.



Historical details

West Virginia, early 19th century.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Grimes Golden'


Related variety collections

American heirloom apple trees



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