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Fruit tree comparison - Egremont Russet
Fruit tree comparison - Rubinette Rosso
Fruit tree comparison - Herefordshire Russet
Fruit tree comparison - Kidd's Orange Red
Fruit tree comparison - Cox's Orange Pippin
Apple trees

Egremont Russet

Apple trees

Rubinette Rosso

Apple trees

Herefordshire Russet

Apple trees

Kidd's Orange Red

Apple trees

Cox's Orange Pippin

Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.  Remove this variety from the comparison Considered by many to be the best-tasting apple ever, Rubinette has a lovely balanced sweet / sharp flavour.  Remove this variety from the comparison Herefordshire Russet is a modern russet apple variety, with an excellent strong Cox-like flavour.  Remove this variety from the comparison Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.  Remove this variety from the comparison Cox is widely acknowledged as having the best flavour of any apple variety.  Remove this variety from the comparison

Growing

Gardening skill? Suitable for beginners Average Average Suitable for beginners Some needed
Cropping Good Light Good Light Light
Fertility? Partially self-fertile Not self-fertile Not self-fertile Not self-fertile Self-fertile
Some of our Cox selections are not self-fertile - please check with us if you need more details.
Flowering group? 2 3 3 3 3
Pollinating others? Average Average Average Average Average
Ploidy? Diploid Diploid Diploid Diploid Diploid
Vigour? Average growth Weak growing Weak growing Average growth Weak growing
Precocity? Precocious
Bearing regularity? Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Fruit bearing? Spur-bearer Spur-bearer Spur-bearer Spur-bearer Spur-bearer
Fruit persistence? Normal ripening Normal ripening Normal ripening Normal ripening Normal ripening

Using

Picking season? Late Late Late Late Mid
Later mid-season
Use / keeping? 1-2 months 1-2 months 1-2 months 1-2 months
Will keep in a cold store until Christmas
1-2 months
Flavour quality? Good Exceptional Very good Very good Exceptional
Flavour style Sweeter Sweet/Sharp
Probably the best balance of sweet and sharp of any apple variety
Sweeter Aromatic Aromatic

Looking after

Overall disease resistance? Average Poor Average Average
Not usually troubled by scab or mildew
Poor

Identification

Country of origin United Kingdom Switzerland United Kingdom New Zealand United Kingdom
Period of origin 1850 - 1899 1950 - 1999 2000 1900 - 1949 1800 - 1849
Fruit colour Russet Orange flush Russet Orange / Red Orange flush
Blossom colour White Pink - light Pink - light Pink - dark White
Leaf colour Green Green Green Green Green