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PlantFiles: Apple
Malus x domestica 'Golden Delicious'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Delicious
Additional cultivar information: (aka Mullins, Stark Golden Delicious, Yellow Delicious)

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By grafting

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 16, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has been the standard for yellow fall apples in my lifetime. It has a good flavor with crisp flesh for eating out of hand. It has a thin skin and will shrivel quickly with out controlled storage. It is good for cooking where one wishes to keep the flesh whole. I love them as fried apples as they do not break up into applesauce. It is also one of the few cultivars that will grow reasonably well in this area of Georgia.

Neutral Big_Red On Nov 27, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

A truly wonderful apple when well-grown, Golden Delicious arose as a seedling on the farm of Anderson Mullins of Clay Co., West Virginia, in 1912. It is believed to be a cross of Grimes Golden, another fine old West Virginia apple, and Golden Reinette. The propagation rights for the apple were sold to Stark Brothers Nursery in 1914 who immediately erected a steel fence around the tree to prevent theft of scionwood for illegal propagation. However, some cuttings were eventually stolen and sold under the name of Yellow Delicious. Fruit is large, conic to round in shape with mostly smooth golden yellow skin with occasional russet patches. The crisp, clean juicy yellow flesh is sweet and mild. A self-fertile tree that is an excellent choice for a pollinator tree. Ripens mid to late September.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Augusta, Georgia
Watkinsville, Georgia
Kokomo, Indiana
Traverse City, Michigan
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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