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Cheerfull GoldTM apple

Cheerfull GoldTM is a new English apple variety being released by developers Nuvar, and previously known as NC1.

Unlike most new varieties, it was developed the old fashioned way, and is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin pollinated by Golden Delicious.  This is a popular combination with apple growers, and has led to some excellent varieties such as Freyberg and Rubinette.

In the case of Cheefull Gold it is quite hard to detect either its Cox or Golden Delicious pedigree, although there is no doubting it is a high quality apple.  The flavour is well-balanced between sweet and sharp, with an attractive tanginess.  There is little hint of the complexity of flavours associated with Cox, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.  The flesh benefits from being more crisp than Cox, and more like Golden Delicious, which is likely to appeal to a wider range of consumers, but it does not snap as cleanly as Golden Delicious.  

Cheefull Gold is being promoted as a Cox-style variety for the English market, and thanks to its Golden Delicious heritage, has been found to have much better storage potential.

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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A modern English apple variety, derived from Cox's Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious.

Cheerfull Gold phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox x Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: Kent, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1979
  • Developed by: Nuvar
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2003


  • Fruit colour: Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Harvest period: Late season Late September / Early October in Kent, England
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Average


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

Also known as

  • NC1

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Where to buy trees

The following fruit tree nurseries offer Cheerfull Gold apple trees for sale:

  • Keepers Nursery
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