Golden Delicious Apple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Golden Delicious Apple

Malus domestica 'Golden Delicious'

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If you love the smooth, sweet, mellow flavor of the Golden Delicious apple (a.k.a. Yellow Delicious apple), you’re not alone. This people-pleaser ranks near the top of the list of America’s favorite apples. Only Red Delicious outranks it, and that variety’s hold on the number one spot is slipping. But here the thing—if you’ve only eaten supermarket Golden Delicious apples, you probably don’t even realize how scrumptious this variety can be! Golden Delicious apples destined for the mass market are usually picked unripe, stored for months, and shipped hundreds of miles. A Golden Delicious apple picked fresh and perfectly ripe off your own tree, on the other hand, will be honey-sweet and bursting with flavor. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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The Story

The original Golden Delicious Apple Tree was discovered in West Virginia by a farmer named Anderson Mullins in 1905. The chance seedling was likely the offspring of a popular apple at the time called Grimes Golden, which itself may have originated with Johnny Appleseed (yes, he was a real person—John Chapman), whose brother owned an orchard not far from the Mullins farm. Mullins knew he had something special in the new apple, and in 1914 he send the Stark Brothers Nursery a sample. Stark Bros. was astounded by the find and immediately bought the rights to the variety. It was named ‘Golden Delicious’ to play off of the popularity of Stark’s ‘Delicious’ apple, which was changed to ‘Red Delicious’ to avoid confusion. ‘Red Delicious’ and ‘Golden Delicious’ are actually unrelated plants.

The Details

The Golden Delicious apple is a dependable, all-purpose apple. Soft but not mushy, it’s excellent in apple pie. It also makes mouth-watering apple butter, applesauce, and cider. And of course, Golden Delicious is one of the best apples around for healthy, fresh snacking. This sweet and mild variety is a favorite of picky kids everywhere, and its low acid content makes it a particularly easily digestible apple for people with tender stomachs.

How to Grow

The Golden Delicious Apple Tree is partially self-fertile, meaning that it will set some fruit without another pollinator around, but harvests will be more generous with a suitable Apple Tree, like Red Delicious or Empire, or a Crabapple, like Prairie Fire or Louisa, nearbyPlant your tree in a sunny, open, well-drained site and water regularly. As far as Apple Trees go, Golden Delicious is fairly easy to grow and reliably produces heavy crops, although it is somewhat susceptible to common Apple diseases such as scab, fire blight, and Cedar Apple rust, and it is very susceptible to the largely cosmetic disease called powdery mildew. These diseases can be managed in a variety of ways—please don’t hesitate to consult with our expert growers at to find the most effective and safest options for you.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12-15' Tall
Avg Mature Width 12-15' Wide
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Brown
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring - Mid Season
Fruit Color Yellow (Golden)
Fruit Time Fall - Mid Season
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit Yes
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: How large will the Golden Delicious Apple be when mature? 

A: We grow Golden Delicious Apples on a semi-dwarfing rootstock (S-M7). This will give you an apple that will grow 12-15’ in height and width before pruning to form. You can expect a substantial harvest in 3 to 5 years using this rootstock, or about 3 years after planted at your home.

Size Guide

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Size A Trees:

5-6’ tall. Grown and shipped in our #7 fruit tree container. You can expect fruiting in your very first year! Pruned for fruit production. The hard work has been done for you, time to enjoy.

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Golden Delicious Apple Tree
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