Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees
- Picking season: Mid
- Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
- Flowering group: 3
- Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.
Saint Edmund's Russet apple trees for sale
BR12-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £46.95< 5 in stock
Very large tree
(4m-7m after 10 years)
Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.
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.
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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Raised by Mr Harvey of the town of Bury St. Edmunds, in the county of Suffolk, England, in 1875.
Saint Edmund's Russet characteristics
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
- Flowering group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
- Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonMid
- Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
- Food usesEating freshJuiceHard cider
- Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
- Disease resistanceGood
- ScabVery resistant
- CankerSome resistance
- MildewSome resistance
- Country of originUnited Kingdom
- Period of origin1850 - 1899
- Blossom colourWhite
- Fruit colourRusset
- AwardsRHS AGM (current)