Golden Russet apple trees

Golden Russet
  • 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
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Golden Russet apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


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