GoldRush apple trees

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  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Hard cider

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.

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 and neat.

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.

GoldRush apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year GoldRush apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year GoldRush apple trees bare-root
G.890, G.935 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
1-year GoldRush apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
Out of stock
1-year GoldRush apple trees bare-root
P.18 rootstock
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

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 - from the north country to the southern states and southern California.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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

GoldRush characteristics


  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Very resistant
  • Scab: Very resistant


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Hot (>30C / 86F)


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Yellow / Orange
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