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Gold Rush Apple Tree

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Gold Rush apple trees, one of seven Plant Profiles featured in our Apple Collection.

Gold Rush Apples

Gold Rush Apples

Gold Rush apple trees have a reputation for being easy to grow and they are resistant to apple scab and powdery mildew. This apple variety has an incredible shelf life—up to seven months in the fridge! It starts out a little on the tart side when you first pick it, then mellows out to sweet and refreshing. Bake into pies or crisps, or make yourself some cider. Don’t forget to choose a pollinator buddy!

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 5 to 8

Spacing

  • 20 to 25 feet apart

Moisture

  • 1 inch every 10 days or so

Notes

  • Bloom Time: Late
  • Chill hours: 800 to 1,500
  • Harvest: Mid-to-late October
  • Taste: Sweet
  • Years to Bear: Two to five
  • Pollination Buddy: Consider Honeycrisp, Red Fuji, Jonafree

Have you ever grown Gold Rush apple trees? Please tell us your favorite thing about them and your experiences growing Gold Rush apple trees.

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