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Gilpin apple tree

Gilpin is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5

Gilpin is a traditional American backyard apple, valued because in the era before refrigeration became available, it could be readily kept through winter and into spring in natural storage.

Gilpin ripens very late, and the apples hang on the tree into the winter if not picked.

Gilpin is best used for cooking and cider. It is not great for eating fresh, although it sweetens after several months in storage.

Gilpin apple trees for sale

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Gilpin flowers late, useful if early spring frosts are a problem in your area. It is generally easy to grow and disease-resistant.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Gilpin was discovered in the early 1800s in Virginia.

Gilpin characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesEating freshJuiceHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • CankerSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)Zone 5 (-29C)Zone 6 (-23C)Zone 7 (-18C)Zone 8 (-12C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorGreen / RedRed striped