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Grandpa's SummerGold Apple

Grandpa's SummerGold Apple

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Grandpa's SummerGold Apple

Malus domestica 'Grandpa's SummerGold'

Grandpa's SummerGold (formerly known as just Grandpa's Gold) is one of the best early summer apples around. Slightly later picking than Lodi, which is closely resembles. The large fruit ripens early in August. The flesh is white and the skin yellow-green and smooth. It has excellent tart flavor early on, but as it hangs on the tree it gets sweeter and the flavor improves. For a summer apple it stores quite well and hangs on the trees for several weeks.


12-15 Feet



10-14 Feet


Hardiness Zone


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Item # Description Price
3843 Grandpa's Gold Apple on Dwarf (G935) root, Medium 7/16-1/2" caliper grade (FFT) $28.49 Add to Cart

Malus domestica 'Grandpa's SummerGold'
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grandpa's SummerGold is similar to Golden Delicious in growing habit and fruiting. Thin early for good size, as it can set a heavy crop. If not thinned well, it can become biennial bearing. It is susceptible to scab and fire blight. Do not push it to be too vigorous, and spray for scab early on and regularly.


A Little History about Grandpa's SummerGold Apple

This apple became one of Grandpa's favorite varieties. As a boy, Grandpa ate many a Lodi apple and always came away with a "belly ache", but when he was older and planted Grandpa's SummerGold, no more stomach aches! Grandpa's SummerGold was introduced in 1979 by one of Grandpa's nursery friends under a different name and he planted several blocks of them. As they hang on the trees, the apples get better and better!  Grandpa's used to call this Grandpa's Gold, but decided to change the name to SummerGold since it reflects the season it ripens better, and to cause less confusion with another variety that Grandpa offers with gold in the name. 

Malus domestica 'Grandpa's SummerGold' Characteristics & Attributes

Bloom Character
Thin early for size
Early blooming
Excellent pollinizer
Pollinizer needed
Tends to biennial bear
Fruit Characteristics
Medium size fruit
Growth Rate/Habit
Average vigor
Very productive
Spreading habit
Harvest Period
Early summer
Extended harvest
Other Attributes
Very crisp
Very juicy
Site Requirements
Full Sun
Winter hardy
Skill Required
Average skill
High dessert quality
Cooking or baking
Good for pies
Good for sauce
Juice or Cider