Egremont Russet apple trees

Egremont Russet
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

Egremont Russet is a classic English russet apple from the Victorian era. It remains popular with discerning apple lovers who appreciate its unique flavor and apearance.

Egremont Russet is a medium-sized apple. The flesh seems quite dry and gets drier with keeping - it is moist rather than juicy. Traditionally described as "nutty", the flavor is more delicate than most varieties, and quite sweet. Both the flavor and the soft flesh are reminiscent of a firm pear. Yet Egremont Russet is surprisingly versatile, working well in savoury salads for example, and a popular partner for cheese.

Like many russets, Egremont Russet is a good apple for sweet cider. The apples are not particularly juicy, so you need plenty of them, but the resulting cider is rich, thick, and very sweet.

Egremont Russet apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Egremont Russet apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock
1-year Egremont Russet apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock
1-year Egremont Russet apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

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How to grow

Egremont Russet is easy to grow, with generally good disease resistance, and a reliable though not heavy cropper.

It can be grown in most of the cooler zones of the USA. For an English apple variety it is unusually cold-hardy and on a suitable rootstock can be grown in zones 4 and perhaps zone 3.

Historical details

Sussex, England, 1872.

Egremont Russet characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: Oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Vitamin C content: Low

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Free-spurring
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Russet
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit