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Egremont Russet

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

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
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Deliveries resume December 2020


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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingFree-spurring
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1-2 months
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery resistant
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRusset
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit