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Hudson's Golden Gem Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2011
Age of this tree:11 years
Soil:heavy clay 
Climate at this location:warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning:mostly summer pruning for size control
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Un-treated

Owner's comments

I bought this tree as a bench graft: one bud on a piece of MM111 rootstock. It grew up as a whip (no branches) the first year, then branched out and fruited the second year. The apples are of variable shape and size (from small to large) and are partially russeted, hard, juicy and very sweet. The first crop had juice with the aroma of pears; the second crop did not but was still wonderful. The tree opened almost all of the buds on the trunk in its second year of growth, which allowed me maximum flexibility in choosing which branches to keep. After its first crop this tree became my favorite sweet apple. The apples ripened in mid-September the first two years, but it may ripen earlier in 2014 due to a record-breaking warm winter. I've grafted it onto another M111 rootstock and have let it grow with minimal pruning so that in the future I will get shade for my kitchen windows as well as more of these wonderful fruit.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Not present
  • 2013

    Harvest: 2nd week September  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Mild attack
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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