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Fine Flavor Hudson's Golden Gem Apple Tree

  • Mid-Season to Late Season
  • Wonderful Heirloom Apple
  • Truly Outstanding Flavor
  • Starts Producing Early
  • Great For Fresh Eating Or Ciders
  • Pretty White Flowers in Spring
  • Crisp, Sugary, Juicy Russetted Apples
  • Fruit Hangs on the Tree A Long Time
  • Heavy Annual Bearer
  • Good Keeper with Long Storage Life
  • Disease Resistant to Apple Scab

Backyard orchard enthusiasts, health conscious clean eaters, parents, history buffs and plant lovers should strongly consider adding heirloom apple trees to your landscape design. Sure, there is a learning curve to growing your own fruit. But the payoff is absolutely huge.

For one thing, you'll be able to enjoy the amazing flavor of Hudson's Golden Gem (Malus domestica Hudson's Golden Gem'). This precocious apple tree is one of our favorites. It starts producing large apples early in its life. And what apples!

These big, conical-shaped apples feature a dull yellow, russet skin, a crisp, juicy flavor and a long hang time for convenient harvest.

No, it's not going to win any beauty awards. Commercial growers might pass this one by due to lack of sight appeal. But for the backyard grower, there is so much more to fruit than just looks. Here, aroma and taste should be the most important considerations.

Hudson's Golden Gem has become a first choice for fresh eating and for cider and juicing. They are one of the best tasting apples around, period. And they'll store in your refrigerator for months.

This was a chance seedling discovered at the Hudson Nursery of Tangent Oregon in 1931, and now a prized heirloom variety with outstanding flavor. As with other russet skinned apples the old fashion pear flavor jumps out with a sugary-sweet, nutty richness.

Hudson's Golden Gem is an annual-bearing fruit, so you can depend on a good crop each year. It has excellent resistance to common apple diseases.

Pollinate with any early to mid-season apples in Hardiness Zones 7-9, and with mid-season blooming selections in Hardiness Zones 4-6. Hudson's Golden Gem can also be pollinated with Dolgo Crabapple.

For successive backyard harvests, plant with an early ripening McIntosh and a Yellow Newtown Pippin. You'll enjoy fruit all season long.

Add one or more Hudson's Golden Gem Apples to your edible landscape. It will become one of your most prized varieties. These will go quickly, order today if it's in stock.

How to Use Hudson's Golden Gem Apple Trees in the Landscape

Apple trees are beautiful and very showy in flower and fruit. Hudson's Golden Gem is a robust upright tree. It can become a wonderful focal point or specimen in your landscape design.

Nothing can compare with the tradition of an Apple tree in your own yard, ready for harvest. It's a uniquely beautiful sight!

Use along your fence row to maximize space in your landscape. You'll also love the look. Plant 5 feet apart on center to create a solid screen. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Allow 10 - 15 feet clearance from the fence or house to ensure good air circulation. You'll want to have plenty of room to harvest them, too.

Mix Hudson's with tart apples like Granny Smith for out-of-this-world pies. This variety is also considered a must for juicing or as a flavor enhancer for your favorite cider. This is the perfect blending apple.

Of course, let's not forget that this is a great variety fresh off the tree. Often the fruit will hang for over a month after reaching full ripeness. It can be harvested and kept in storage for up to 3 months in a cool, dark place.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant in a full sun location with good soil drainage. Apples will tolerate wet soil, as long as it drains fast. Look for full sun locations that favor the early morning sun. This is the drying sun and helps to cut down on moisture-related diseases.

We also recommend that you plant in a location with good air circulation. Avoid areas that trap air.

Hudson's Golden Gem Apple is one of the more widely adapted apple selections from Zones 4 - 9. It is cold hardy and there are even reports of success in bitterly cold Zone 3, if the trees are given good air drainage.

In warm dry climates, apply a layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches deep. Spread it out 3 feet outside of the canopy. This will keep the root system cool and cut down surface evaporation. Mulch also extends the period between watering to save on water.

Prune to control the overall height of the tree. We recommended keeping all fruit trees below 10 feet tall, for ease of maintenance and harvest. Summer pruning is the best way to control height and spread. In winter, prune to keep the canopy open to improve air flow and increase sunlight.

Hudson's Golden Gem Apple is a very special heirloom variety of apple that belongs in all apple lovers' collections. They go fast, so get yours ordered today!

Recommended pollinators: McIntosh, Yellow Transparent, Dolgo Crabapple, Granny Smith

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

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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Hudson's Golden Gem Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Botanical Name Malus 'Hudson's Golden Gem'
Mature Height 15-18 feet
Mature Spread 15-18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Late Summer, Fall
When To Prune When Dormant