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Herefordshire Russet

A modern russet variety, and probably one of the best-flavored russet apples available.

Promoted with some justification as a russet with the flavor of Cox's Orange Pippin, Herefordshire Russet has a very good aromatic flavor, quite different from the nutty flavor usually associated with russet varieties.

Herefordshire 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)
    Out of stock
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How to grow

Herefordshire Russet is quite easy to grow, and shares many of the horticultural characteristics of its sibling Fiesta (also the offspring of Cox's Orange Pippin and Idared).


Herefordshire Russet was developed by the English apple breeder Hugh Ermen, and released in 2002. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious.

Herefordshire Russet characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1-2 months
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin2000
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Fruit colourRusset