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Gilpin apple tree

Gilpin is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.210 rootstock
Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022, but you can pre-order now.


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.

Historical details

Gilpin was discovered in the early 1800s in Virginia.

Gilpin characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesEating freshJuiceHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • CankerSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C(5) -20F / -29C(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C(8) 10F / -12C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorGreen / RedRed striped
  • Fruit sizeAverage