You’re on the hunt for the perfect new Apple tree for your backyard orchard. Your standards are high. Star qualities include flavor, productivity, long storage life, disease resistance, and showy flowering.
GoldRush Apple (Malus 'Co-op 38') is well worth weighing as an invaluable selection for growing apples at home. It bears delicious sweet and spicy fruit that is useful for both fresh eating, baking and cider.
This tree is a great value. You’ll be so pleased at how quickly the precocious young trees produce a lush fruit set of apples. As you might imagine, the complex, spicy taste hits you in a "rush" of flavor.
Some say it's like a classic Golden Delicious with hints of pear, spice, and citrus. Doesn't that make your mouth water?
This improved selection also shows wonderful resistance to disease, including fire blight and powdery mildew and the dreaded apple scab. It’s a minor chore to prune in late winter to keep them smaller for easier harvest.
Best of all, GoldRush bears fruit that stands up to a long storage season. You’ll make it through the winter with GoldRush kept at proper refrigeration.
They can keep for up to a year in your refrigerator crisper and still taste super fresh. You read that right - pick one in the fall and still enjoy it a year later!
It’s amazing how the flavor changes through the storage season. It’s like a well-aged bottle of wine that deepens and mellows in flavor as time goes on. Thankfully, the texture stays nice and crisp.
It is great for hot apple crisp in the coldest, darkest months of the year. It has as refreshingly crisp a bite at Easter as it did at Thanksgiving.
People across the United States are adding fruiting trees to their landscape. GoldRush Apple effortlessly extends your storage season. You won't believe how good these snappy, fine-textured apples taste, even after months in the fridge.
If you only have room for a couple of Apple trees, make sure you go for a GoldRush Apple tree.Order yours today, as these will sell out quickly!
Modern fruit lovers are including several varieties in "high density plantings". You'll get cross-pollination, and extend your season of harvest with successive ripening. GoldRush will be a late season variety in a high density planting.
Try them as part of a 3-in-1 planting or a hedgerow along your fence line. Watch our YouTube channel or read the Garden Blog for more information.
If you have the space, plant them in a row 20 feet on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
You'll create an amazing garden feature. There is something very appealing about seeing a neatly tended row of productive Apple trees.
It's beautiful dressed in fragrant white spring blooms. The fruit display is very ornamental, as well.
Choose how tall you'll let the trees become. Allow them to reach their mature height and spread. Or, keep your trees tightly pruned with summer pruning for size control.
Bigger trees produce more fruit, but smaller trees mean an easier harvest. GoldRush handles pruning without complaint. Your Edible Landscape, your choice!
GoldRush Apple trees require full sun for best fruiting. Give them at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Even though this is a disease-resistant variety, a planting site that receives morning sun is best. The strength of the early sun will quickly dry the foliage from any overnight dew.
Fruit trees need well-drained soil that sheds water quickly after a rain event. If you have poor drainage, build a raised bed to elevate your tree.
Don’t plant your tree too close to structures. Apples need good air circulation to help keep them clean and disease free.
Prune in late winter, before the new growth begins. Your goal when pruning is to open up the canopy to sunlight and air flow. Remove crossing or dead branches.
Tasty GoldRush Apple is highly sought after. People appreciate its productivity and the long-keeping time. Please hurry to place your order today!
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.
Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. 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.
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.
Dormant prune to:
Prune Apple trees in the summer to:
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 will tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.
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.
GoldRush is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:
GoldRush’s are typically ready to harvest in October.
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.
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.
NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your GoldRush Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!
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:
Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Co-op 38'|
|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|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|