Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees

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

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
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

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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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

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
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

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

Disease resistance

  • General 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 color: Russet
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Ashmead's Kernel
    Ashmead's Kernel
    A versatile English 17th century russet apple, Ashmead's Kernel is noted for its distinctive pear-like flavor.
  • See also Egremont Russet
    Egremont Russet
    Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.
  • See also Pine Golden Pippin
    Pine Golden Pippin
    A classic English russet apple from the Victorian era, notable for its pineapple-like flavor.