Golden Delicious Apple Tree

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Order the wildly popular, and easy-to-grow Golden Delicious Apple Tree! Golden gems of crispy goodness! The Golden Delicious Apple tree (Malus 'Golden Delicious') is one of the world's most widely planted Apple trees and is one of the easiest and most dependable Apple trees to grow!

The Golden Delicious Apple tree (Malus 'Golden Delicious') has vigorous growth and high fruit production! The spring show of rosy pink buds that burst open into fragrant white blooms is fantastic. Pollinators, beneficial insects, and butterflies flock to this explosion of white blossoms.

Then the lush green leaves take the stage until fall and then the real show you've been waiting for begins! From September to October, your Golden Delicious Apples will turn from a pale green to their familiar golden-green color, signaling that they are ripe in mid-September.

Allowed to ripen on the tree, you will notice a vast difference in flavor when compared to the Golden Delicious Apples purchased at the supermarket. And there's nothing quite like a fresh-picked piece of fruit you grew yourself! These crisp and juicy Apples are delightful!

Homegrown Golden Delicious Apples are exceptionally sweet and rich. Their thin skin and delicious crisp fruit make the Golden Delicious a favorite for eating fresh off the tree and for baking. Perfect in salads and complements savory dishes great! Canning and preserves taste divine and tasty Applesauce! Pack a few in lunch boxes and for healthy snacks high in vitamins and antioxidants!

Choose between standard and semi-dwarf sizes depending on your space available, however, Apple trees don't mind some summer pruning to further control their size! Hardy throughout a wide range of USDA planting zones 5 through 10, the space-saving size of these trees makes them as beautiful in the front yard garden as they are for small orchards and home gardens!

This comes in handy when planting Golden Delicious Apples with one of their pollinator partners for increased harvests! Good storage Apples, Golden Delicious will keep for 3-4 months in cool storage and refrigeration.

Planting and Application:

Shade your patio with beautiful shade or lounge beneath the lush foliage in your favorite hammock. Just sit back and watch the busy bees and butterflies that will flock to the floral show! Dual-purpose edible landscaping and shading your vegetable garden and other plantings.

Cottage gardens are perfect locations where their blooms help welcome spring to the landscape. The spring flush of flowers makes this garden delights an ideal front lawn tree specimen or a beautiful way to anchor a garden path or reading nook! Be sure to plant one where you can view the glorious display in spring and watch your harvest grow!

Golden Delicious is easy to grow, and produces large, high-quality, all-purpose Apples with heavy annual crops, making it a great choice for you and your family.

For the best crop, pair a pollinator partner tree with Golden Delicious like a white-flowering Crabapple or a Cox's Orange Pippin, Empire, Freedom, Frostbite, Fuji, Haralson, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Northland, Red Delicious, SnowSweet, Wealthy, or WineCrisp Apple!

Pair this mid-late season Apple with an early-ripening variety and a late-season storing Apple tree variety like Granny Smith for months of backyard goodness! It is also an excellent pollinator for most other Apple trees that ripen from September to October.

  • Glowing Green Skin Ripens to Golden Yellow & Red Blush
  • Thin Skin is Sweet & Rich With Crisp White Flesh
  • Pink Buds & Showy, Fragrant White Flowers
  • Healthy, Delicious & Easy to Grow!
  • Fresh Eating & Baking Apple
  • Partially Self-Pollinating - Ripen in September
  • Prolific & Vigorous Growth
  • Dependable Annual High Yield & Productive Crop
  • Pollinated by Red Delicious, Honeycrisp & Red Jonathan for Larger Crops

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These hardy fruit trees are more heat-hardy than most Apple trees! They're also cold-tolerant and widely adaptable! Golden Delicious Apple trees are partially self-pollinating, which means they can be grown without another tree, but for the largest crops, plant a pollination partner in your garden. Try high-density planting techniques when space is limited.

Fruit trees require full sun and well-drained soil. Not tolerating excess water or poor drainage, they cannot grow well in soggy soil. Plant Apple Trees in rich, organically amended well-drained soil, with a good layer of arborist mulch over the root system's surface to further hold in moisture and insulate the roots from heat and cold. Also requiring consistent waterings, especially during summer for higher yields, it's best to protect your investment with a regular watering schedule!

Because it's such a prolific tree, part of the Golden Delicious Apple tree care is to be sure to thin out the fruit in the spring. Branches can break under the weight of all that beautiful fruit. Pruning is best done in late winter when the tree is dormant. Prune Apple Trees to keep an open canopy that allows plenty of sunshine and air circulation. In the summer, prune away water growth and suckers, and prune to control the growth/size of your tree.

More disease-resistant and powdery mildew-resistant than most Apple cultivars. For best results, check out our Fruit Tree fertilizer section, and don't forget the Nature Hills Root Booster for a fast and successful establishment!

  • Full Sun For The Most Fruit & Best Health
  • Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Regular Moisture Access
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Disease & Powdery Mildew Resistant
  • ~600-700 Chill Hours

Discovered in West Virginia, this is a fantastically adaptable fruit tree! All-purpose eating and baking, the Golden Delicious Apple tree is a fantastic addition to your home's landscaping and orchard! Order this adaptable and resistant tree from today before they're gone!

Golden Delicious Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.

How to Plant Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.

When to Prune Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim Apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.

How to Prune Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
  • Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground

Prune Apple trees in the summer to:

  • Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
  • Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
  • Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
  • Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees

How to Care for Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Growing an Apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an Apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!

  • Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • Water your apple trees when they get dry - especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep them stress-free
  • Use arborists' wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
  • Maintenance pruning and shaping

Apple trees will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.

How to Fertilize Golden Delicious Apple Trees

For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.

Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.

Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.

  • Don't overdo it
  • Phosphates are your friends
  • Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
  • Follow the directions

Golden Delicious Apple Tree Pollinating Info

The Golden Delicious is partially self-pollinating, but for a far larger harvest, plant it with one of these popular partner trees. Golden Delicious is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with these varieties:

  • Centennial, Chestnut & Northland Crabapple Trees
  • Cox's Orange Pippin
  • CrimsonCrisp
  • Empire
  • Freedom
  • Frostbite
  • Fuji
  • Granny Smith
  • Haralson
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonathan
  • Red Delicious
  • SnowSweet
  • Wealthy
  • WineCrisp

Harvest Times for Golden Delicious Apple Trees

Golden Delicious's are typically ready to harvest in September. Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new Apple tree growers. Weather, climate, and your tree determine when it's ripe.

For Apples:

  • Early-season is usually June-July
  • Mid-season can be August-September
  • Late-season can be from late September-November

The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular Apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.

Rootstocks Explained

Apple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.

The Apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and Apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.

There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these Apple varieties are:

Semi-Dwarf Apples

  • Height: 12-18 feet
  • Spread: 10 - 15 feet

Standard Apples

  • Height 18 - 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 - 18 feet

Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.

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Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Golden Delicious Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-10
Growing Zones 5-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Golden Delicious'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet
Mature Spread Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink Buds Open White
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes