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Grimes Golden apple tree

Grimes Golden
Grimes Golden is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

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.

Grimes Golden apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.41 rootstock
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  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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  • 3Large 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
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How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

West Virginia, early 19th century.

Grimes Golden characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuice
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorGreen / Yellow