Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple Tree

Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple Tree


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Fine Flavor Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple Tree

  • Mid-Season to Late Season
  • Wonderful Heirloom Apple
  • Truly Outstanding Flavor
  • Starts Producing Early
  • Great For Fresh Eating Or Ciders
  • Pretty White Flowers in Spring
  • Crisp, Sugary, Juicy Russetted Apples
  • Fruit Hangs on the Tree A Long Time
  • Heavy Annual Bearer
  • Good Keeper with Long Storage Life
  • Disease Resistant to Apple Scab

Backyard orchard enthusiasts, health conscious “clean eaters”, parents, history buffs and plant lovers should strongly consider adding heirloom apple trees to your landscape design. Sure, there is a learning curve to growing your own fruit. But the payoff is absolutely huge.

For one thing, you’ll be able to enjoy the amazing flavor of Hudson’s Golden Gem (Malus domestica ‘Hudson’s Golden Gem’). This precocious apple tree is one of our favorites.

It starts producing large apples early in its life. And what apples!

These big, conical-shaped apples feature a dull yellow, russet skin, a crisp, juicy flavor and a long “hang time” for convenient harvest.

No, it’s not going to win any beauty awards. Commercial growers might pass this one by due to lack of “sight appeal.” But for the backyard grower, there is so much more to fruit than just looks. Here, aroma and taste should be the most important considerations.

Hudson’s Golden Gem has become a first choice for fresh eating and for cider and juicing. They are one of the best tasting apples around, period. And they’ll store in your refrigerator for months.

This was a chance seedling, but is now a prized heirloom variety with outstanding flavor. As with other russet skinned apples the old fashion pear flavor jumps out with a sugary-sweet, nutty richness.

Hudson’s Golden Gem is an annual-bearing fruit, so you can depend on a good crop each year. It has excellent resistance to common apple diseases.

Pollinate with any early to mid-season apples in Hardiness Zones 7-9, and with mid-season blooming selections in Hardiness Zones 4-6. Hudson’s Golden Gem can also be pollinated with Dolgo Crabapple.

For successive backyard harvests, plant with an early ripening McIntosh and a Yellow Newtown Pippin. You’ll enjoy fruit all season long.

Add one or more Hudson’s Golden Gem Apples to your edible landscape. It will become one of your most prized varieties. These will go quickly, order today if it’s in stock.

How to Use Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple Trees in the Landscape

Apple trees are beautiful and very showy in flower and fruit. Hudson’s Golden Gem is a robust, upright tree. It can become a wonderful focal point or specimen in your landscape design.

Nothing can compare with the tradition of an Apple tree in your own yard, ready for harvest. It’s a uniquely beautiful sight!

Use along your fence row to maximize space in your landscape. You’ll also love the look. Plant 5 feet apart on center to create a solid screen. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Allow 10 – 15 feet clearance from the fence or house to ensure good air circulation. You’ll want to have plenty of room to harvest them, too.

Mix Hudson’s with tart apples like Granny Smith for out-of-this-world pies. This variety is also considered a must for juicing or as a flavor enhancer for your favorite cider. This is the perfect blending apple.

Of course, let’s not forget that this is a great variety fresh off the tree.

Often the fruit will hang for over a month after reaching full ripeness. It can be harvested and kept in storage for up to 3 months in a cool, dark place.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant in a full sun location with good soil drainage. Apples will tolerate wet soil, as long as it drains fast.

Look for full sun locations that favor the early morning sun. This is the drying sun and helps to cut down on moisture-related diseases.

We also recommend that you plant in a location with good air circulation. Avoid areas that trap air.

Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple is one of the more widely-adapted apple selections from Zones 4 – 9. It is cold hardy and there are even reports of success in bitterly cold Zone 3, if the trees are given good air drainage.

In warm dry climates, apply a layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches deep. Spread it out 3 feet outside of the canopy. This will keep the root system cool and cut down surface evaporation. Mulch also extends the period between watering to save on water.

Prune to control the overall height of the tree. We recommended keeping all fruit trees below 10 feet tall, for ease of maintenance and harvest. Summer pruning is the best way to control height and spread. In winter, prune to keep the canopy open to improve air flow and increase sunlight.

Hudson’s Golden Gem Apple is a very special heirloom variety of apple that belongs in all apple lovers’ collections. They go fast, so get yours ordered today!

Recommended pollinators: McIntosh, Yellow Transparent, Dolgo Crabapple, Granny Smith

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Hudson's Golden Gem Apple Tree – #3 Container 4-5 feet