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Saint Edmund's Russet apple tree

Saint Edmund's Russet
Saint Edmund's Russet has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritSaint Edmund's Russet is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.

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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.

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. Like many tip-bearers it has a slightly weeping growth habit.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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

Saint Edmund's Russet characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshJuiceHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • General resistanceGood
  • CankerSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorRusset
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 1993

Similar varieties

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