Geographic origin: United States (Virginia).
Adult size: Height up to 5 metres.
Type of soil: All soils, apple trees particularly like heavy, rich and damp soils but not too wet.
Climate: Hardy to -30°C.
Position: Full sun, sheltered from winds.
Pollinators: Granny Smith, Reine des reinettes, Starking, Crab apple 'Evereste'.
Characteristis and uses: The apple tree should really be your first choice if you decide to plant some fruit trees. It is at home in all types of soil, as long as they are not too dry.
It flowers in the springtime producing small bunches of whitish pink flowers. This is followed by the appearance of fruits and then a wait before the harvest and finally biting into them...
Apple trees need a pollinator of a different variety before they can fruit. The crab apple 'Evereste' is a good pollinator for all apple trees.
Finally, it is important to keep a regular look out for diseases, an annual prune and feed is also needed to ensure a good crop.
The apple tree Golden delicious produces medium sized fruits that are golden yellow in colour; the flesh is sweet and scented as well as being crunchy and juicy. They are ready to pick in October and can be kept until March.
This apple tree is quite vigorous and benefits from regular pruning to stop it from producing fruit only every other year. It is quick to start producing fruit. It is the most common apple tree in our gardens.