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GoldRush Apple

Available Spring 2018

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Organic growers’ choice. This dessert-apple tree is disease-resistant to apple scab and powdery mildew. Fruit has a tart, tangy flavor that sweetens with age. Excellent fresh or in pies and crisps. Introduced circa 1993. Ripens in mid-to-late October. Best pollinators: Jonafree, Red Fuji or Enterprise. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #9392 or other patents. Co-op 38 cultivar.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Mid To Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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.

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.


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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
A low-maintenance apple that I can eat and leave what I don't want for wildlife.
Carson S on May 10, 2017
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
A low-maintenance apple that I can eat and leave what I don't want for wildlife.
Carson S on May 10, 2017
I had tried some of these from local farm and liked the flavor. The apple was sweet and had some pear like taste. Also good pollinator.
John C on Apr 30, 2017
For its disease resistance
Gary H on Mar 1, 2017
Great hard cider apple.
Jon F on Feb 28, 2017
Wanted a disease resistant pollinator for Enterprise apple tree.
DEBBIE M on Feb 21, 2017
This apple has an amazing storage quality - even if a little shriveled, still tastes good in April and can be used for apple sauce etc.
Christiane T on Jan 19, 2017
Recommended by growers for cider orchards.
Ronald B on Dec 19, 2016
Wanted a reliable, disease resistant apple that was a good keeper and late producer (for successive ripening). It's a plus that it apparently is a very delicious apple. We shall see!
Alistair H on Dec 17, 2016
disease resistant
BETTY G on Oct 9, 2016
Have planted before. Lived 15 years
Linda G on Sep 17, 2016
taste and disease resistance
CRAIG H on Sep 8, 2016
Taste and storage
Elizabeth S on Jun 12, 2016
It's a disease resistant varieties especially to cedar apple rust and fire blight which are notorious in my area.
Ray A on Jun 9, 2016
Dwarf I have limited spaces
jytte R on Jun 3, 2016
good for organic growing
SERA D on May 17, 2016
I already grow it. It's the best, long term storage apple, I have ever grown.
David B on Apr 28, 2016
Apples store all winter so that we can enjoy every one and not have them go to waste.
Jamie K on Apr 26, 2016
Pollinator for Honeycrisp and good for cooking and cider.
Alan M on Apr 18, 2016
One of the best tasting apples ever & we chose it to pollinate the Honeycrisp we planted for our first grandchild.
Sheila M on Apr 15, 2016
This is my absolute favorite apple! If you are looking for a tangy, sweet-tart apple, then you will love this apple as much as I do. They are great keepers, as well. I have had them in a fruit bowl for over a month, and they were still delicious. In the right storage setting, who knows how long they will keep! Don't eat them right off the tree, though. They need a little while off the tree to develop that delicious sweet-tart yumminess.
Jona D on Apr 12, 2016
excellent flavor and keeper.
Dan S on Apr 11, 2016
I chose the GoldRush apple for the tree size (dwarf) and disease resistant qualities offered. I was looking for a yellow apple to that could pollinate my red Jonafree apple tree. Stark Bros. was highly recommended by a friend.
TAM S on Mar 28, 2016
Highly recommend at the Organic Growers School at UNC Ashville for flavor and disease resistance.
E M on Mar 16, 2016
It cross pollinate with WineCrisp. Wine production
JULIE S on Mar 13, 2016
This was a recommended variety from my local extension as a good disease resistant variety for beginners.
Brandon A on Mar 5, 2016
I had tried some of these from local farm and liked the flavor. The apple was sweet and had some pear like taste. Also good pollinator.
John C on Apr 30, 2017
Great hard cider apple.
Jon F on Feb 28, 2017
Would either Liberty or Freedom be OK pollinators for Goldrush? They are the other 2 disease-resistant varieties I plan to order for zone 7A.
Jasper on Mar 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Freedom will serve as a good pollinator, but Liberty blooms at a different time.
Would this GoldRush apple be a good pollinator for Jonagold?
Mary S on May 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it would not - these two varieties have very different bloom times and will not pollinate one another.
Can this tree be cross pollinated with Cox's Orange Pippin?
Tessa H on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. They have similar bloom times.

Customer Reviews

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great flavor
Good fruit. Is susceptible to CAR, but two well-timed applications of myclobutanil (Immunox) has eliminated that problem on my Goldrush.
March 21, 2016
Great firm yellow apple, cedar rust issues in VA
I have a few of these slower growing trees which grow hard yellow really tangy apples. Resists major diseases except cedar apple rust, which can defoliate tree and destroy fruit here in warm moist VA unless you spray for that. Also a very late ripening apple, which really attracts European hornets to feast on them. Still, highly recommended for storage life and flavor.
September 2, 2016
Excellent eating and cooking Apple.
This is the best apple available as far as I know. The problem is that it is highly susceptible to cedar Apple rust which makes it hard to grow in Eastern Missouri.
March 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
"amazing apple tree"
We "bare root" planted 2 of these remarkable little apple trees early spring 2 years ago. We ordered the "premium" version, one dwarf, one semi-dwarf, and immediately planted them according to the instructions. They "leafed out" almost instantly, have sailed through 2 "scorching" summers, and now, their 3rd spring, are setting little apples (we'll thin these out until the trees are strong enough to support the load). They are both so well-structured with no help from us, the pruners at Stark Bros. having done such a great job. We plan to buy more apple trees, of course from Stark Bros. We recommend them always to our friends. Thank You, Stark Bros., for this wonderful success story!
May 26, 2016
over 3 years ago
easy to grow apple tree
I just have for two years, it had flower at first time.grow well
June 21, 2016
over 2 years ago
Year 1
This apple tree looks great, but it's only the first year. I'm very pleased.
May 20, 2016
over 2 years ago
So far, my Goldrush is doing fine. Lots of leaves and no diseases or pests. Only time will tell if the taste lives up to the reputation! I am wild with anticipation to taste my own Goldrush. Only one orchard grows them in my area and they only produce a few bushels a year. Would recommend.
May 16, 2017
10 months ago
GoldRush Apple
Yes, definitely, I would be happy to recommend this apple tree to any apple lovers! my apple tree is growing well and very healthy. Low maintenance also. I love it.
May 4, 2017
1 year ago
Growing great!
It's happy in the ground and growing beautifully a year after planting!
May 4, 2017
1 year ago
Apple trees arrived healthy
The trees arrived with great roots and all sprouted leaves soon after planting. Hopefully will have a nice orchard!
May 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
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