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Hudson's Golden Gem Apple on G.30 (Spring 2022)


A beautiful pear-like russet with broad disease resistance.

This is a small, cold-hardy tree that is upright-spreading. Somewhat resistant to all major diseases, it is a great choice for the adventurous organic orchardist or for a backyard gardener. The only significant issue with Hudson's Golden Gem is that the fruit tends to crack for the first few years. The tree will grow out of this, and the end product is worth waiting it out.

Hudson's Golden Gem is large, elongated, and often lopsided or so top heavy that it looks like an upside-down pear. The light-bronze russeting opens to a base of green, yellow, or red, and the flesh is very sweet and crunchy. Tasters consistently compare this apple to a Bosc pear, and it was, in fact, originally sold as a pear. The fruit hangs well on the tree, does not bruise easily, and is a great keeper. This is one of the best russets available.

Found in a fencerow in Oregon, Hudson's Golden Gem is thought to be a seedling of Golden Delicious. It was first brought to market by A. D. Hudson of Hudson's Wholesale Nurseries of Oregon in 1931.

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This is a small, cold-hardy tree that is upright-spreading. Somewhat resistant to all major diseases, it is a great choice for the adventurous organic orchardist or for a backyard gardener. The only significant issue with Hudson's Golden Gem is that the fruit tends to crack for the first few years. The tree will grow out of this, and the end product is worth waiting it out.

Hudson's Golden Gem is large, elongated, and often lopsided or so top heavy that it looks like an upside-down pear. The light-bronze russeting opens to a base of green, yellow, or red, and the flesh is very sweet and crunchy. Tasters consistently compare this apple to a Bosc pear, and it was, in fact, originally sold as a pear. The fruit hangs well on the tree, does not bruise easily, and is a great keeper. This is one of the best russets available.

Found in a fencerow in Oregon, Hudson's Golden Gem is thought to be a seedling of Golden Delicious. It was first brought to market by A. D. Hudson of Hudson's Wholesale Nurseries of Oregon in 1931.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Disease-Resistant, Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider, baking
Cider classification: sweet
Storage duration: one to three months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: russeted
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Oregon
Introduced in: 1931
Introduced by: Hudson Wholesale Nurseries

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 8
Chill hours: 600
Ripening date: Oct 27 (approximate, in New York State) + 42 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.30 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (50% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Resistant
Powdery Mildew: Resistant
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Fireblight: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (50% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Hudson's Golden Gem Apple on G.30. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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