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Golden Russet Apple

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Also called American Golden Russet apple

High-quality, intense flavor! Tree bears medium-sized, yellow-gold russeted fruit, ideal for cider and juice. Fruit holds its shape when cooked. Enjoy fresh for complex sweet-tart flavor. Keeps well. Antique variety, originates from New York, circa 1845. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid-October. Best pollinators: Granny Smith or Pink Lady®.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Ripens/Harvest Mid October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


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
A well known cider variety and also a good pie apple, ripens same time as Rhode island greening and between the two will make awesome cider
Jereme R on Mar 3, 2020
Would love to try it and the Hreloom part of it.
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
A well known cider variety and also a good pie apple, ripens same time as Rhode island greening and between the two will make awesome cider
Jereme R on Mar 3, 2020
Found this apple in a local farm stand and loved it
John M on Feb 29, 2020
Would love to try it and the Hreloom part of it.
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
The golden russet is a beautiful apple in looks and taste.
ERIC J on Jan 15, 2020
Looked great and was a good pollinator for another apple
Benjamin F on Jan 6, 2020
I come from England and love this apple ,this is the only place I could find to buy this tree
Margaret G on Dec 6, 2019
We make cider! and bake them
David F on Jun 7, 2018
The Russet Apple was developed in England in 1717 as the Wheeler Russet. This is the closest to it. The Golden Russet will be enjoyable.
Keith W on May 12, 2018
Though perhaps one of the ugliest apples on earth, it is probably one of the best eating apples. If you like a crisp/juicy/sweet apple with excellent shelf life, this one's for you!!
Barrett S on May 8, 2018
The best tasting cider Apple, plus a unique flavored eating Apple.
Wilda M on Mar 1, 2017
Expected to be a very good hard cider apple.
Jon F on Feb 28, 2017
I generally really like russeted apples
Christina N on Jan 24, 2017
I used to pick apples, and the russet has an unusual flavor, and it's a late apple. I'd like to get a yellow transparent (very early) as well, and have a long apple season.
Francis H on Jun 21, 2016
My Dad had Golden Russet apple trees, when he passed away I took cuttings but the grafts failed to take. They taste great, are pest resistant in the Detroit, MI area & are hard to find for sale here. Also on sale at a great end of season price. Thanks Stark Bro's.
Larry M on Jun 7, 2016
Scott H on Jun 5, 2016
Really good taste
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
Seen on PBS about the Russet Apple and wanted to try it for eating and baking.
Shelley W on May 14, 2016
recommended variety for sweet cider
Jim I on Mar 15, 2016
Intense flavor and aroma. Good in cider to add a 'nose'
TimI on Mar 11, 2016
the absolutely best apple cider tree hands down!!! Tastes wonderful without needing to mix with other apples.
joan m on Mar 9, 2016
Russeted apples are the tastiest!!!
Rodger R on Mar 7, 2016
Cider sugars
John R on Feb 19, 2016
Found this apple in a local farm stand and loved it
John M on Feb 29, 2020
The golden russet is a beautiful apple in looks and taste.
ERIC J on Jan 15, 2020
Are pollinators needed and if so recommend variety?
Thomas H on Oct 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, pollinators are needed for almost all apple varieties. We recommend these, which are listed in the description: Granny Smith or Pink Lady??.
Will this tree be available in Spring 2019?
Thomas H on Oct 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. Supplies will be limited when it does return, so make sure you don't miss out by requesting an availability email above. We'll automatically notify you when it's back in stock.
Is this Golden Russet apple tree resistant to Fire Blight? Or is it susceptible to it?
Gene P. on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Golden Russet is susceptible, but a preventive spraying program with Ferti-Lome?? will abate it:
If you buy in large quantities, is there a price break?
Jimmy on Jan 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All wholesale orders must meet a 50-tree minimum, 10 per variety. Orders of fewer than 10 trees per variety are available for an additional fee. If you'd like to learn more about our Wholesale Division, please call 800.435.8733.

Customer Reviews

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Great tree
This is a beautiful tree. I believe it was only 1 year old when I purchased it and it has now been planted for 2 years in New York City. It has not fruited yet but is growing nicely with very little maintenance.
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
A great tree
It is in its second year and growing strong. It did not have blossoms this Year but it is healthy and carry a lot of new growth.
May 7, 2018
over 3 years ago
My favorite Apple, hope it stays strong.
Hoping it would resist pine rust, but by fall it's a bit unhappy, still healthy. It also suffered some bark removal from rabbits in the first winter (now has a tree guard). Between the rabbits, deer and disease I would have expected it to have given up, but it bloomed and has small apples this year, we'll see if they make it to fall. I would expect as the tree continues to grow it will get more resilient to nuisances.
May 26, 2017
over 5 years ago
Golden russet apple
A very stout tree, very pleased. Has grown nicely and over set as GR often does. It will have 2 apples it's second (this)year.
June 20, 2018
over 4 years ago
Golden Russet Apple
My Golder Russet tree is doing well & is a favorite of mine. It is a good all-purpose apple that I compare somewhat favorably to the Grimes Golden.
July 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Golden Russet
Arrived in perfect shape. Thick caliper, excellent roots. Has grown into a great shaped tree
May 16, 2019
over 2 years ago
Filled out nicely!
I would definitely recommend this product. It is one year old and grew over 2 feet in that time and is very healthy-looking and filled out nicely. There are no blossoms yet but that will come hopefully next year. I am very impressed with how it looked in one year's time thank you
May 24, 2017
over 4 years ago
Robust and doing fine.
This tree was delivered in good shape and is doing fine.
May 2, 2019
over 2 years ago
The Golden Russet seems to be doing very well in my garden. Still too young to product fruit.
May 25, 2019
over 2 years ago
Grew well in first season after being planted, and
is looking good in the spring of the second season.
May 4, 2019
over 2 years ago