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Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

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 colouring, and tastes great.

The flavour is arguably richer than its better-known compatriot Egremont Russet, and noticeably juicier.

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Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Saint Edmund's Russet is a good garden 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. It is a good choice for growers in areas of high rainfall.

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.

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History

Raised by Mr Harvey of the town of Bury St. Edmunds, in the county of Suffolk, England, in 1875.

Saint Edmund's Russet characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating freshJuiceHard cider
  • Discoloration of fruitOxidising

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly small
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • CankerSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRusset
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit