Hudson’s Golden Gem
Hudson’s Golden Gem was discovered growing in a hedgerow in Tangent, Oregon in the 1920’s. This delicious, golden brown, conical-shaped apple has an appealing nutty flavor and crisp and juicy flesh. Disease resistant and easy to grow, Hudson’s Golden Gem produces abundant crops that ripen in September and can be stored until early spring.
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Latin Name: Malus pomilla
Site and Soil: Apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock growing 12-16 ft. in height. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils. Vigorous, drought tolerant, and well anchored, trees on M-7 should not require staking.
M-26 is considered a dwarf rootstock, growing 8-12 ft. in height. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: Apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set. Consider Mason Bees to help pollinate and increase fruit production.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30°F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: Dwarf 8-12ft. / Semi-dwarf 12-16 ft.
Taste: Sweet, crisp
Fruit Skin: Golden Brown
Fruit Flesh: White
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Hudson’s Golden Gem is moderately resistant to Apple Scab. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones