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Apples: Malus domestica 'Grimes Golden'

Botanical name: Malus domestica 'Grimes Golden'

Common name: apple

also known as (dwarf apple)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 5a thru 8b

bee attracting, edible

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Dwarf 'Grimes Golden' began its history in the back woods of West Virginia so it has to be rugged. These golden apples were sold to New Orleans traders in 1804. They became a favorite to the region and are still widely planted through the mid-south, west and southwest. Fruits live up to their name and are hard to beat for almost any use; keep from November to January. A very good cropper, dependable bearer. Very juicy, fine textured and slightly spicy flavor. Delightful aroma. This tree has been refined so it's even more disease resistant and easier to care for than it was before. (You may have thought that wasn't possible.) Yields an average of 5 bushels with some variation depending on the season. Will reach a height of 10-12 feet at maturity. Plant trees 15-20 feet apart. Needs well drained soil. Full sun is best, but must have at least a half day of sun. Good for an espalier. Two varieties are needed for pollination. 'Cortland', 'McIntosh' and 'Yellow Delicious' are particularly effective pollinators. Looking for an outstanding pollinator for 'Red Delicious'? You just found it. Ripens to a bright yellow-green in mid-September in Zone 5. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

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