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Fruit Fact: Redgold, a variety of apples

A large well balanced and full flavored alternative to red delicious that thrives all over California.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Redgold
Species: malus domestica Golden Delicious x Richared Delicious
Synonyms: None
Origin: A Golden Delicious x Richared Delicious cross developed by Frank Schell of Cashmere, Washington; selection made 1936 and introduced into wider cultivation in 1946.
Patents or Trademarks: Plant patent 720, expired, now unrestricted.


Description: Medium to large red, irregular shaped angular apple, russeting in the calyx cavity, has the look of an "old antique heirloom" despite being a relatively modern hybrid. Skin is somewhat rough, red, slightly translucent making it look a little pinkish.

Flavor and tasting notes: High quality, firm and crunchy yellow flesh with a an agreeable, balance between tartness and sweetness, much more complex than a red delicious.


Appears to be somewhat insensitive to inadequate chilling, grows very well and colors up fully in California, ripens late - firm fleshed and quite heat resistant - specimens exposed in full sun during a freak 108F heatwave in September did not get any sunburn.

Bloom Time Rating: F13

Growth Habit:

Very vigorous growth, strongly spreading and branching, diploid. Has beautiful almost black bark with white speckles.

Vigor: T3

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Late September to mid October, needs serious thinning as it over-produces and then kicks into a biennial bearing habit. Stores relatively well due to the high density of the flesh.

Begin of Harvest: early Oct
End of Harvest: mid Oct
Stores Until: mid Jan


Mostly a table apple, doesn't have enough tartness to serve as a cooker.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: No
Cider: No


Moderately susceptible to fireblight.

Scab Susceptibility: Unknown
Fire Blight Susceptibility: medium
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility: Unknown
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility: Unknown
Black Rot Susceptibility: Unknown
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility: Unknown
Fly Speck Susceptibility: Unknown
Coddling Moth Susceptibility: Unknown

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Not available in any nurseries. Scion wood not widely available due to its obscurity.

GRIN Cross Reference: PI 589067

Photo Gallery

The bark is an attractive dark brown, almost reddish-black with white dots, almost the same color as a cherry tree. (c) The Cloudforest Gardener

The flowers are average looking, on the small side and not particularly ornamental, but there are usually a lot of flowers on the tree, which makes up for the inconspicuous flowers. (c) The Cloudforest Gardener

The apple depicted in the GRIN database looks a little shinier than what we grow at the Cloudforest, our redgolds have the same color but the skin is matt. Definitely a winner here in Santa Cruz (c)USDA GRIN


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