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Spigold apple

Last updated 20 May 2015.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 8

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07 Feb 2018 
BIG, juicy, late, aromatic for a late. Dual purpose. In W. Washington I think the flavor doesn't quite develop. Shy bearing here on b9.

25 Oct 2017 
Juicy, like all triploids. Late maturing. In a year with lots of late sun, the flavour is round, with tangerine and mandarin notes on a background of wildflower honey. The flavour is sun dependent. In a cooler year, the apples are more watery, and distinguishable more by texture. A very narrow picking window, but exquisite red colour. Far superior to Jonagold, with dense flesh despite the large cell size. Its juiciness distinguishes it from the superior Maigold.

02 Feb 2015 
I just registered under Pink Lady. Spigold is a wonderful apple. When perfectly grown as in Northern California, the huge apples, yellow and red, exhibit free juice when cut and the crisp flesh breaks in your mouth and instantly melts into lusciousness. Allegedly a pollen-sterile tri-ploid, the trees want to get big. Like its Northern Spy parent, it blooms late. The crisp but juicy and melting flesh is a worthy breeding goal as with Cripp's Pink. Yet it holds up in cooking. Just a medium keeper in my experience. Top quality is ephemeral.

15 Sep 2013 
John Cape Cod (but apple experience in SW Ohio) This is an outstanding cultivar. Large, firm fleshed fruits with more floral complex flavor (sometimes a banana note) than Northern Spy. Similar to Northern Spy in keeping its structure in baking, so you get an apple pie, not an applesauce pie. Fruits develop a natural wax coating which helps it keep well.

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Large golden yellow fruit 75% covered with bright red stripes. Tender skin. Fine grained firm crisp yellow flesh, sprightly and sweet. Stores well.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious x Red Spy.
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1962
  • Developed by: New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, NY
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1919
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1979-187


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Very large
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape features (vertical view): Symmetrical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Variable, dissimilar shapes
  • Shape uniformity: Lack Uniformity in size & shape
  • Shape uniformity: Pentangular, 5 sided
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Bultitude apple group: 4. Flushed / striped, smooth, dessert / dual-purpose
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Honeyed / Scented
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart

Spigold identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 28th April  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2012 season

  • 14th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

2011 season

  • 19th May  2011  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States

2010 season

  • 19th May  2010  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 2nd week October  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2012 season

    2011 season

      2010 season

      • 3rd week October  2010  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States

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