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Look no further for rich, sweet flavor with a hint of spice. Precocious tree bears crops of medium-sized fruit. Fruit has a bright yellow skin when ripe and a crisp, sweet flesh with a smooth, creamy texture. Ideal for fresh-eating and also excellent for juice, cider, and sauce. Antique variety, originates from West Virginia, circa 1830. Thought to be a parent of Golden Delicious. Disease-resistant to cedar apple rust and fire blight. Ripens in mid-September. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid September In Zone 5
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Spicy
Texture Fine, 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 is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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
cedar rust resistant and cross pollinator for honey crisp
TIM T on Jan 18, 2020
Father has had them for many years. Best tasting apple ever.
Tim W on Jan 2, 2020
cedar rust resistant and cross pollinator for honey crisp
TIM T on Jan 18, 2020
Excellent for pies
MARY C on Jan 11, 2020
Father has had them for many years. Best tasting apple ever.
Tim W on Jan 2, 2020
Love the taste of this old apple.
JOHN B A on Apr 19, 2019
Because it had a standard size root and it was a heirloom apple.
Joshua P on Apr 5, 2019
makes excellent apple sauce and good eating apple
Linda R on Mar 12, 2019
Been wanting one a long time was my grandads favorite!
Randall H on Mar 9, 2019
My favorite apple when I worked at an orchard as a teenager.
Jim F on May 9, 2018
avoid cedar apple rust
cheryl F on May 2, 2018
This is absolutely the best tasting apple ever!
GINNY D on Feb 14, 2018
I remember eating these as a child -- sweet, crisp.
JUDY T on Sep 7, 2017
I love golden delicious apples. However, I wanted to try the Grimes apple as I think I had some last year and they were the best! The bareroot plant arrived and I planted it right away. We got our spring rains and it is happy where I put it, on the south side of my house in town. It has leaves on it so I hope it prospers there.
JULIE S K on May 7, 2017
It's our family heirloom.
Bailey B on Mar 21, 2017
One of the finest apple trees of the older varieties
Michael H F on Mar 18, 2017
unusual heirloom, flavor all its own.
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
My Grandfather's homeplace had this apple in their home orchard.
Laura W on Mar 2, 2017
it was compatible to my growing zone
james h on Feb 28, 2017
Chosen for disease resistance against cedar rust, we have a high concentration of Eastern Red Cedars in my area.
Veronica C on Feb 11, 2017
I have a friend who had a very old tree with this kind of apple. It was delicious, but the tree is gone now.
Beth C on Jan 31, 2017
I was looking for an heirloom type apple to add to my orchard
Marie S on Jan 22, 2017
As a good pollinator.
Jacqueline L S on Apr 26, 2016
This was a family favorite in our apple orchards, and made the most delicious apple sauce and apple butter. They are also amazing right off the tree!
Jane W on Mar 25, 2016
Cedar Apple Rust is a predominate problem here and this one is resistant. Also it is self-pollinating.
LARRY W on Mar 6, 2016
After a month of storage, might be the best tasting yellow apple on the planet.
Boyd K on Feb 22, 2016
Cider sugars
John R on Feb 19, 2016
Excellent for pies
MARY C on Jan 11, 2020
Love the taste of this old apple.
JOHN B A on Apr 19, 2019
How can I keep deer from "pruning" these apple trees?
Karen R on Dec 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Karen, I've been dealing with deer in my apple orchard for many years. I use three proven methods to keep deer away from my apple trees. See below from most expensive to least expensive.

1) 2 x 1 x 60 inch wire fencing and posts. You can buy the fencing at a local Rural King, TSC, or Farm & Fleet for about $100.00 per roll. Cust 10 to 12 feet lenghts for a 5 to 6 foot diameter fence around young trees. Use steaks to hold in place. This will keep keer and rabbits away from your young trees for about 5 to 6 years until trees are larger.

2) Electrice fence powered by solar-powered fencer/battery. This Is a bit more expensive for initial investment but in the long term cheaper than putter fence around every tree.

3) Cheapest and very effective but time-consuming. Homemade deer repellent: 1 cup whole milk, 2 raw eggs, 1 tablespoon hot sauce, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap: mix all ingredients except soap in blender on high for 1 to 2 minutes. add dish soap with blender on lowest speed. Add mixure to 1 gallon water in hand sprayer. Spray trunk and lower limbs of trees. This is very effective and will actually change deer travel patterns. Only downside is you will need to apply after every rain.

Good luck!
will grimes golden pollinate a starkspur winesap?
MAX R on Feb 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They have similar bloom times.
My wonderful grimes golden tree is in east TN. The apples are starting to fall more. Is it too early to pick apples off tree??
Brenda W on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is too early. My Grimes Golden apples are also falling. These are normally ripe in mid to late September. I had assumed the problem was due to the extreme amount of rain this year but that is only a guess. My Golden delicious apples are also falling early but my three red varieties seem normal. The green apples need not be wasted. They can be cooked and sweetened for applesauce.
Is Grimes Golden crisp and good for eating? Does it bruise like a golden delicious?
Laura W on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I just ordered last year so I haven't had any from this tree yet. However I have ate them from the store, they are crisp, with a spicy flavor. Don't seem to bruise too bad. I love golden delicious, like these even better.
What root stock is the Grimes Golden semi-dwarf grafted onto?
J F on Jan 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I pick a pollinator that also ripens the same time or do I HAVE to buy one of the suggested ones?
Val C on Jan 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can choose any tree that suites your preferences. Our suggestions are just there to help.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how long should I expect it to take a supreme semi dwarf to start producing fruit?
Greg R on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Toward the lower end of the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-5 years to bear, but if it's a Supreme tree, it will closer to 2-3.
Will the Grimes Apple (related to Golden Delicious) pollinate a Red Delicious?
Douglas G on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Indeed it will. You may know that Grimes Golden is the likely "parent" of Golden Delicious!

Customer Reviews

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Love Grimes Golden
When I was a child in WV in the late '30s & early '40's my mother sold Stark's Nursery products and one of them that we planted was Grimes Golden apples. I always remembered those particular apples above the others and it was with great joy that I recently found them here. I immediately ordered them and can't wait to see if they match my memories.
May 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
quick-growing, pretty tree
We called it the "apple stick" when we first planted it, because it didn't look like much. A year later, it's filling out nicely, probably about 6 ft. high. We even had a few blooms on it this year (I won't expect any apples until next year at least). I
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
grimes golden
I was very pleased with the tree I received, great shape and size as advertised. I would recommend Stark apple trees to others. Unfortunately, for me two days after planting it rabbits completely girdled the new tree - grrr! I will use tree wraps in the future!
August 22, 2016
over 4 years ago
My Favorite Apple
Purchased this tree in spring of 2017...I espaliered it to the side of my house and it is branching out diagonally wonderfully well. I hope to have a few blooms/apples next spring. It arrived well packaged and when planted, it started growing beautifully. Wish everyone could see it. This apple has always been my favorite and I am so glad Stark offered it.
January 2, 2018
Grimes golden apple
The grimes golden apple tree was planted last fall and is growing great this year. I would recommend planting Stark bare rooted trees over handling potted trees with all the extra weight.
May 14, 2016
over 4 years ago
Sturdy little tree
The little tree survived a winter in the middle of Kansas. It's too young yet to have apples but I am looking forward to keeping it alive and hope in two years to have my first apples.
May 5, 2018
over 2 years ago
Nice trees
Thetrees arived and looked really nice. This is the second summer and they are beautiful.
June 1, 2018
over 2 years ago
Beautiful Tree
I purchased the Grimes Golden Apple tree one year ago. It is growing and very healthy. I'm excited to see when the apples start producing.
May 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
grimes golden trees
Since I only planted them last year they haven't produced yet. But the trees are in beautiful shape and are growing well. Thanks for carrying the Grimes Golden trees, I have been searching for them for years.
May 5, 2019
1 year ago
The tree didn’t make it.
I really wanted this tree because I grew up with one and loved these apples. Unfortunately the tree didn’t make it through the first year. So five stars for the apples, one star for the tree.
June 3, 2018
over 2 years ago