Golden Russet apple tree
- Picking season: Late
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 2
Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.
Golden Russet apple trees for sale
1Small 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
2Medium 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
Golden Russet is usually considered to have the best flavor of all American russet apples. As well as great flavors, Golden Russet also stores well.
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, particularly for the excellent quality of its juice, which can be used both for cider and hard-cider production.
So if you are looking for a great all-round apple, Golden Russet should be on your shortlist.
How to grow
Golden Russet produces a moderately vigorous tree, which produces regularly, 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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Golden Russet has been around since the mid-19th century, and is widely-grown in the eastern states, and probably exists in different forms.
Golden Russet characteristics
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group2
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Fruit bearingTip-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- UsesEating freshCulinaryJuiceHard cider
- Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
- Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
- Cooking resultKeeps shape
- General resistanceAverage
- ScabSome resistance
- Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Country of originUnited States
- Period of origin1800 - 1849
- Fruit colorRusset
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