Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees
- 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
1-year Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees bare-root
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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.
Raised by Mr Harvey of the town of Bury St. Edmunds, in the county of Suffolk, England, in 1875.
Saint Edmund's Russet characteristics
- Picking season:
Eating fresh Juice Hard cider
- Keeping (of fruit):
- Flavor style (apples):
- Fruit persistence:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Pollination group:
- Pollinating others:
- Bearing regularity:
- Fruit bearing:
- General resistance:
- Cedar apple rust:
- Cold hardiness (USDA):
(5) -20F / -29C
- Summer average maximum temperatures:
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
- Country of origin:
- Period of origin:
1850 - 1899
- Fruit color:
RHS Award of Garden Merit
A versatile English 17th century russet apple, Ashmead's Kernel is noted for its distinctive pear-like flavor.
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.