Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees

Saint Edmund's Russet
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Saint Edmund's Russet (sometimes known as St. Edmund's Pippin) is one of the best English russet apple varieties. It looks superb with its dull matt russet coloring, and tastes great.

The flavor is perhaps richer than its better-known compatriot Egremont Russet, and noticeably juicier.

Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees bare-root
B.9 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees bare-root
G.935 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

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


How to grow

Saint Edmund's Russet is a good backyard apple variety, it crops reliably and grows in a wide range of conditions. Like many russet varieties, it has some natural resistance to many of the main apple diseases, including cedar apple rust.

The only thing to look out for is that it can be a partial tip-bearer - some apples are borne on the ends of shoots rather than the more usual short fruit-bearing spurs. For this reason it is best to keep pruning to a minimum, to avoid accidentally pruning the fruit-bearing tips of shoots.

Historical details

Raised by Mr Harvey of the town of Bury St. Edmunds, in the county of Suffolk, England, in 1875.

Saint Edmund's Russet characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: Oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Canker: Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

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