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GoldRush Apple

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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.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Late
Chill Hours 800 - 1500
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
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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It was recommended in the "Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide" by the Ohio State University Extension for it's cold hardiness and disease resistance. It also pollinates Honeycrisp
Karl B on Feb 4, 2021
As a trial variety for a new small orchard and pollinator for Crimson Crisp which will be 1/2 of the proposed orchard. We plan to start the first phase of the orchard in 2021.
Bill on Jun 8, 2020
It was recommended in the "Midwest Home Fruit Production Guide" by the Ohio State University Extension for it's cold hardiness and disease resistance. It also pollinates Honeycrisp
Karl B on Feb 4, 2021
Pollinator for multiple other apple varieties
Dave B on Dec 21, 2020
As a trial variety for a new small orchard and pollinator for Crimson Crisp which will be 1/2 of the proposed orchard. We plan to start the first phase of the orchard in 2021.
Bill on Jun 8, 2020
Sandra J on Jun 3, 2020
Disease resistance
RENEE K on Jan 23, 2020
I have moved to a smaller property and require dwarf trees that are disease resistent.
Deborah M on Jan 22, 2020
Maryland extension service recommended variety
Bruce R on Jan 10, 2020
ripens late, disease resistant
Tate J on Dec 30, 2019
disease resistance
Claudia G on Dec 25, 2019
Have eaten these apples and they are great! Keep their tartness and firmness a long time.
Sherry G on May 11, 2019
Recommend by the Ohio State University Extension Service for cultivation in Ohio
Marvin R on Apr 2, 2019
Recommended cider apple and baking
Nancee R on Mar 27, 2019
I chose this variety because I was told it was developed by Purdue to be resistant to some of the problems we face in the Midwest with our apple trees.
Ann S on Mar 25, 2019
disease resistant. Late bearer in NC i hope
Scott V on Feb 27, 2019
I love fruit and this is the best apple i have ever tasted.
Darryl C on Feb 16, 2019
I have tasted this apple in the past. It has a wonderful flavor and good firmness.
Rick H on Feb 15, 2019
Tangy tart flavor apples to me.
Jahmaker on Feb 11, 2019
Just introduced to this variety in 2018..
Perfect for cooking and applesauce
Bernard C on Feb 2, 2019
University of Tennessee study showed which variety was disease resistant and productive in my area
Katrina A on Jan 9, 2019
I like tart apples
Barry P on Oct 16, 2018
Resistance to disease, cross pollinator, uses and storage.
SHARON F on Sep 30, 2018
Awesome golden apple in a land of reds - NY's Hudson Valley!
Kerry D on Aug 24, 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
Goobus 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
Pollinator for multiple other apple varieties
Dave B on Dec 21, 2020
Sandra J on Jun 3, 2020
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.
Will honeycrisp work as a pollinator for this variety?
Cecil M on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's a little iffy; GoldRush blooms later, but there is some overlap. If there's a late spring, there's a better chance.
I want to plant 2 trees so I was interested in this and a honey crisp. will they cross pollenate? that would be ideal.
Theresa D on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You are in luck - they are in the same flowering group, so they will be good partners. Two great apples!
Will a GoldRush and a Macoun cross-pollinate?
Mark F on Sep 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: These two varieties should pollinate as they are both late season bloomers.
I ordered this tree. I need another pollinator, but I would like it to also be a dwarf and to have tart baking apples. Can you recommend one?
Ellen D on Feb 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Take a look at the Starkspur?? Red Rome Beauty Apple. They taste great right off the tree, make the most delicious pies, crisps and cobblers you???ve ever tasted and they have a sweet/tart taste.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are there any other good cross pollinators for the Jonafree other than the goldrush in zone 6?
Angela R on Apr 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are many, including Duchess of Oldenburg, Golden Russet, McIntosh, Williams' Pride, Yellow Transparent and Zestar.
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 6 years ago
Gold Rush Apple
I got my first few apples in 2019 on my young tree, and the taste was excellent. I look forward with eagerness to this year's crop, which is larger. I chose it because it is said to be fire-blight resistant, which is a major problem in central Alabama. So far I have only had to cut a few fire-blighted branches from it, which is an improvement on most apple trees here.
June 11, 2020
over 4 years ago
Going for the GOLD
I purchased this tree a year ago and planted it in a large pot. It leafed out immediately and grew nicely last year. In the fall we decided to forego our vegetable garden for space to plant our apple trees in the ground. The dwarf Gold Ruth tree did fine over the winter along side a Red Delicious tree I had in a pot for two seasons. They both have flowers on them and with some luck and cross pollination I am hoping for some apples this year! One more thing to note...I have fertilized with stark Bros. Tree Pep. Both trees look healthy and happy!
May 4, 2018
over 4 years ago
Third year
I chose this variety because it is self-pollinating. There are apples on one of 3 main branches. I don't know what to expect in the third year, but the tree looks fine and is producing enough to let me know it's happy. I had a bit of deer damage but protected it before there was too much.

I'd be happy recommending this apple variety and Stark Bros.
June 26, 2018
over 3 years ago
amazingly productive
My tree was purchased from Stark Bros, and planted in 2013. It produced some fruit by 2017 and quite a few in 2018. This year, the fruit was so heavy that even though they were thinned, I had to support the branches. I estimate that the tree produced six 5-gallon buckets full. Properly thinned and with good water here in the desert, the apples can be 10 oz. in size. Apples are very crisp, and very richly flavored, quite tart and starchy until ripe, and then the sweet/tart balance is good. Flesh is yellow. Cooked, the apples retain their shape and do not get mushy. The small tree doesn't have quite enough leaves to protect from the hot sun here, and the apples can burn. Almost seems like there are more fruit than leaves.
October 15, 2019
"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 6 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 5 years ago
Great Tree
Planted last year and this year it was covered with flowers. Thinned to just a few as I know I should have removed them all but really wanted to try this apple. The tree has grown beautiful this year and the few apples I left to grow also look great. Looking forward to them in Oct. This is a winner!
September 19, 2017