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Duchess of Oldenburg apple trees

  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Duchess of Oldenburg is a popular early-season apple, primarily used as a cooking apple although it can be eaten fresh when fully ripe. It is often known simply as "Duchess".

It is easy to grow, and therefore a good choice if you are looking for apples to cook with in early August. The key to its success in the kitchen is its tart acidic flavor which holds up well in cooking. Slices usually lose their shape during cooking, making Duchess of Oldenburg best suited for recipes that require apple sauce.

Shipping starts in March 2015.

Duchess of Oldenburg apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Duchess of Oldenburg

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Russia
  • Period of origin: 1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colour: Red striped
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?

    Climate

  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Duchess of Oldenburg

Duchess of Oldenburg is in flowering group 2. Duchess of Oldenburg is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Duchess of Oldenburg apple trees

Duchess of Oldenburg is a reliable variety, easy to grow, and very winter-hardy.

Varieties with similar picking times to Duchess of Oldenburg

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Historical details

Originated in Russia in the early 18th century. Introduced to the USA via the UK in the early 19th century.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Duchess of Oldenburg'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for USDA zones 3 and 4



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