Golden Russet apple trees

Golden Russet apple
  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2

Golden Russet is usually considered to have the best flavor of all American russet apples.

It is an exceptionally versatile apple and was grown in New England on a commercial basis in the 19th century. Today it retains a keen following for the excellent quality of its juice, which is used for cider and hard cider production.

Golden Russet apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
G.11, G.11, B.9, B.9 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
G.202, G.222, G.969 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
B.118, B.118, MM.111, MM.106 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

Golden Russet produces a moderately vigorous tree, and is resistant to scab but somewhat susceptible to cedar apple rust.

The main feature of Golden Russet is that it is a tip-bearer, with the apples borne on the ends of shoots rather than spurs. Therefore keep winter pruning to a minimum.

Historical details

New York, mid-19th century, possibly related to an English russet variety.

Golden Russet characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Discoloring: No discolor (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 2
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Russet