Fruit Fact: Redgold, a variety of apples
A large well balanced and full flavored alternative to red delicious that thrives all over California.
|Most Common Name:||Redgold|
|Species:||malus domestica Golden Delicious x Richared Delicious|
|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
Very vigorous growth, strongly spreading and branching, diploid. Has beautiful almost black bark with white speckles.
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.
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