Ginger Gold® Apple

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Enjoy apples in summer! This early picker allows you to enjoy apples sooner than most varieties. Grow juicy and delicious apples that feature a yellow-green skin with a golden glow. A crisp crunch and mildly tart flavor – plus natural resistance to browning – makes the fruit perfect for fresh eating. Adds beauty to your landscape in spring, when it produces lovely white-pink blooms. Originates from Virginia in the 1960s. Heat-tolerant! Ripens mid- to late-August. Ginger Gold® is a registered trade name of Adams County Nursery, Inc.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 500 - 700
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Mid To Late August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Mild To Tart; Sprightly
Texture Tender, Fine
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
They are my favorite apple
Karen S on Feb 4, 2021
I tried this apple at whole foods a couple of years ago and haven't seen it since. I loved it and can't find it in the stores anymore, so when I saw it on your site for sale I decided to grow my own.
Francesca K on May 29, 2019
They are my favorite apple
Karen S on Feb 4, 2021
Companion to an apple tree I want
Christina C on Jan 25, 2021
I tried this apple at whole foods a couple of years ago and haven't seen it since. I loved it and can't find it in the stores anymore, so when I saw it on your site for sale I decided to grow my own.
Francesca K on May 29, 2019
Love the taste
Ed on Apr 22, 2019
Taste of this variety is perfect.
Faina F on Apr 9, 2019
Bought it as a pollinator for my full size apple tree.
Sharae P on Mar 7, 2019
This is one of the most delicious apples, and makes wonderful applesauce, no sugar needed.
Dawn G on Mar 3, 2019
Dad has one
GARY B on Jan 25, 2019
My apple loving husband found this to be his favorite. He has looked for them for 15 years and not found them. We bought some in Oregon when traveling.
rachel S on Jan 23, 2019
I fell in love with this variety and am so excited to try growing it myself. I am planning on trying to grow a dwarf tree as a potted tree!
Caitlin on May 22, 2018
Have a few other Ginger gold and they produce well and we enjoy
Dan J on May 7, 2018
Ginger Gold is one of my favorite eating apples!
melissa m on Mar 14, 2018
I have a Lodi, Pink Lady, Pixie Crunch, & Granny Smith. Ginger Gold fits right into a gap in production right after Lodi but between pixie and pink lady.
Trent W on Mar 6, 2018
Used to drive big truck and last load I hauled was apples out of Yakima, WA. Warehouse foreman gave me a crate of Ginger Gold apples after they held me overnite for my load. About ten years later I found and planted two trees. Ordering two more cause I'm moving. If you get these treat for fire blight early on to save them. Blue ribbons for me at county fair last two years. Great apples!
Janet R on Feb 10, 2018
We tasted this kind of apple when my husband and I went to the Farmers Market in Toledo, Ohio. We loved them!
Marilyn Z on May 3, 2017
Added to my existing Ginger Gold block of apples. If I find room, would like to add more.
Richard J on Apr 23, 2017
Maybe because they don't store well, they are such a fleeting seasonal treat. The sweet flavor of a golden delicious, but so, so crisp.
Sandra S on Apr 21, 2017
I like ginger gold apples to make applesauce.
Deb Z on Mar 19, 2017
Sounded like a nice switch from the standard Golden I already have.
Edy F on Sep 7, 2016
My Friends favorite apple and there Hard to find also there a good pollinator for the spy apple trees
Christopher C on May 24, 2016
good looking tasty apple
Krzysztof B on May 15, 2016
Excellent Flavor
Al L on May 1, 2016
It's my favorite apple. Love the taste as do my grandkids.
Marcel C on Mar 26, 2016
Makes the best apple sauce you will ever eat !!!
KEVIN B on Mar 20, 2016
We have enjoyed the Ginger Gold for years. Our favorite apple!
Paul S on Mar 1, 2016
We have several apple trees. We tried this variety of apple from an orchard just north of us and it was wonderful. I am very pleased to find it in your catalog to be able to order and add to our other trees.
Denise P on Feb 23, 2016
Companion to an apple tree I want
Christina C on Jan 25, 2021
Love the taste
Ed on Apr 22, 2019
Would a honey crisp or fuji pollinate the Ginger Gold Apple tree?
Crystal T on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. If the product you inquired about can not be found in the Pollination Requirements section of the page, please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180
Do Carpathian walnuts need another pollinator?
Ed P on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes another seedling or different variety is needed. One plant is both male and female but the pollen shed period may not match the female receptive period. Another different plant will provide a separate pollen period and may match the receptive period of the first plant.
Is this tree blithe resistant?
Carolyn H on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Carolyn, I purchased my Ginger Gold last fall and planted it according to instructions, but I don't know if it is 'blight' resistant or not. I have been unable to find any claim to that effect, so I would assume that they are not blight resistant.
Will the Chenago straw apple tree pollinate the Ginger gold apple tree? Can I grow blackberries between them?
Kathy S on Sep 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will pollinate Ginger Gold, and you can plant blackberries in between if the plants will not be shaded by the trees and there is enough room to space the plats 4' apart. The trees need to be 50' apart or closer for good pollination.
What time of year do the Blondie Apple's ripen for harvest?
Linda R on Sep 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That depends upon where you live. In MO, they ripen in mid-to-late August and are considered an early apple.
Would the winesap apple pollinate the ginger gold? If not, can you recomend a good dwarf variety that would (other than the Delicious family)?
Caitlin on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm afraid Winesap blooms too late to pollinate Ginger Gold. Good pollinators for Ginger Gold (presuming they are suited for your growing zone) include Enterprise, Stark Super Red Fuji, Orleans Antique, Suncrisp ... there are many.
how tall are ginger gold?
warren r on Mar 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mature sizes are shown in the Size & Spacing section. The height depends upon the size tree you choose.
I want to plant a Ginger Gold and Granny Smith together. Are these good pollination partners?
EvainNJ on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are. They bloom at right about the same time.
hi, I live in Jacksonville, Florida and was wondering how many chill hours does this apple tree need? we r zone 9a. Thank you
andrea s on Apr 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The chill hours requirement for Ginger Gold is 600-700 hours.
What is the chill hours requirement for this apple?
Juan C on Feb 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The chill-hours requirement for Ginger Gold is 600-700.
so...if we'll buy the ginger gold apple, do we need the second for cross-pollination? We already have Honey crisp and ana apple trees
Marina L on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! An apple variety will not pollinate itself; it requires a different variety with a similar bloom time. As long as your Honeycrisp tree is within 50' of your Ginger Gold, it will do a fine job of pollinating it.

Customer Reviews

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This is a must- have apple for any family orchard. It is very crisp and sweet. I have planted this tree three times, the first about 5 years ago and the last just last spring. It is well established and growing rapidly. I am well versed with apple varieties as my father owned and operated 200 acres of apples beginning in the early 1940's. He changed varieties often to keep up with consumer trends. This was one he and I loved.
May 17, 2017
over 5 years ago
Spicier Delicious apple
Our tree is second year in the ground, with 2 fruits formed. Replaces 2 neighborhood trees that made fabulous pies and sauce with just a bit more "tang' and sweet than Yellow Delicious.
August 4, 2016
over 5 years ago
Hard to find in stores
We discovered Ginger Gold in a few grocery stores a couple of years ago, fell in love with them, only to have them disappear quickly. The next year, only a few stores, and this year we couldn't find any. Our solution - plant our own tree. Now we just have to be patient and search the grocery stores each year until ours is old enough to produce.
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
The best apple tree I own
Taking off like a weed amazing super strong grower
May 16, 2017
over 5 years ago
Good customer service
This bare root apple tree has proved to be hardy since it is one of the 2 fruit trees out of 7 that survived unusually poor winter conditions right after planting. The company replaced the 5 that didn't make it with no hassle. This tree is growing well now and I hope to see fruit on it in the next few years.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
Coming along well
I planted this just over a year ago. It has set well. I trained one long central branch and pulled the others lower so they did not compete. This year it has some good foliage but no flowers yet. I am very hopeful for a crop next year.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
second season
trees are establishing very well. some fruit but that will be pruned off to promote root growth. trunk has doubled in size since planted last year.
May 18, 2016
over 5 years ago
Ginger Gold Apple
I ordered this last year and didn't expect it to do much, but it is branching out and flowering already. I believe that this is unusual for a Semi-Dwarf tree!! It is really healthy looking, and I hope for many Apples from it in the years to come.
May 6, 2017
over 4 years ago
Stark Bro's is the best! Good strong plants...I'm loving all the trees ordered from Stark Bro's...
September 7, 2018
over 2 years ago
Worried at first
I planted my apple tree 2 weeks ago. At planting, the tree looked like it had been too hot in shipping. I planted it, gave it a good drink of water, removed the damaged leaves. 4 days later new growth, and now the tree looks healthy and the new growth is all over the tree. I need it to pollinate a Honey Crisp.
June 23, 2019