Golden Russet apple trees

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

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.

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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 very much a tip-bearer, with the apples borne on the ends of shoots rather than spurs. This makes it difficult to grow as a trained tree (such as a cordon or espalier) but the big advantage is that when grown as a regular tree it needs little or no pruning.


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Historical details

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

Golden Russet characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • 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

Disease resistance

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


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


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

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    Ashmead's Kernel
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    Pine Golden Pippin
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