Ginger Gold® Apple Tree Overview
The Ginger Gold® apple tree is well known not only for its unique flavor, but also for being a great choice as an eating apple due to its juicy and spicy honeyed taste. In fact, Ginger Gold® has an interesting origin story. In 1969, hurricane Camille led to flooding across Nelson County in Virginia where Clyde and Frances Ginger Harvey had their apple orchard. After the flooding, they discovered a new variety unike the ones they grew. After that, genetic analysis showed a new variety formed from Golden Delicious, Albermarle Pippin and a third cultivar. While called Harveylicious in the beginning, it later became Ginger Gold®. It’s a popular variety for orchardists in North America and Europe. In fact, the US Apple Association deems it the 15th most popular apple variety in the United States.
Ginger Gold® is moderately vigorous spreading tree that grows well in hardiness zones 5 to 8. It is early season dessert apple and it ripens mid August The fruit tends to hang on the tree even when ripe. It’s self-sterile. Keeps well in cold storage for up to two months.The fruit is medium to large in size with a conic shape. The flavor is at its best when in storage for a month. Great choice of apple for eating fresh as well as dessert or drying.
- Uses: Eating fresh, drying, dessert
- Taste: Juicy, spicy, tart, and honey-like aftertaste
- Size: Medium to Large
- Color: Skin color is yellow with red blush
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – susceptible
- Harvest period: 3 to 4
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Akane, Binet Rouge, Calville Blanc, Chestnut, Chieftain, Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Empire, Enterprise, Fuji, Galarina™, Granny Smith, Harry Masters Jersey, Honeycrisp to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous spreading tree. Partial tip bearer. Precocious.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for two months.
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