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Grimes Golden Apple tree

Owner: Peter

Location:  Croom, PRINCE GEORGE'S CTY., MARYLAND, United States

Age:Planted in about
Rootstock:Probbable M7
Blossom:Rather late during bloomtime
Picking:Early-Mid September
Soil:Sandy loam 
Climate at this location:Maritime/coastal plain
Pruning:Moderate to light
Tree form:Half-standard
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Biennial cropping (alternate years)
Growth:This tree grows fairly well here
Herbicides:Chemical treatments
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Codling moth, apple maggot...

Owner's comments

Have had this tree c. 12 years now. Tree is likely over 20 years old & senescent on this rootstock. Moderately (or more) Fireblight susceptible. Great cider, and fresh eating apple. No modern market potential, except for cider in areas with low fireblight pressure. Update - This tree was removed in 2009. When cut down the tree had approximately 30% dead tissue in trunk at about 1.75m height. This was likely fireblight spread into the trunk. I have grafted a replacement on Geneva 30 rootstock. Biggest drawbacks to GG are biennialism, modest fruit size and moderate fireblight tolerance. Was a significant commercial variety in the eastern US prior to about 1960.