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Egremont Russet

  • Egremont Russet
  • Egremont Russet
  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Egremont Russet is a classic English russet apple from the Victorian era. It remains popular with discerning apple lovers who appreciate its unique flavor and apearance.

Egremont Russet is a medium-sized apple. The flesh seems quite dry and gets drier with keeping - it is moist rather than juicy. Traditionally described as "nutty", the flavor is more delicate than most varieties, and quite sweet. Both the flavor and the soft flesh are reminiscent of a firm pear. Yet Egremont Russet is surprisingly versatile, working well in savoury salads for example, and a popular partner for cheese.

Like many russets, Egremont Russet is a good apple for sweet cider. The apples are not particularly juicy, so you need plenty of them, but the resulting cider is rich, thick, and very sweet.

Egremont Russet apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 2.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


How to grow

Egremont Russet is easy to grow, with generally good disease resistance, and a reliable though not heavy cropper.

It can be grown in most of the cooler zones of the USA. For an English apple variety it is unusually cold-hardy and on a suitable rootstock can be grown in zones 4 and perhaps zone 3.



History

Sussex, England, 1872.



Egremont Russet characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):late September
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-2 months
    • Food uses:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group:2
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Free-spurring
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
    • Fireblight:Some susceptibility
    • Scab:Very resistant
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Cold hardiness (USDA):(4) -30F / -34C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Russet
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit