EGREMONT RUSSET APPLE TREE
The most well-known of the russet apples, Egremont Russet almost defines the characteristics of this type of apple tree.
Dense rather than crisp flesh with dull, rough skin, this variety has a very developed nutty flavour which many find irresistible.
Dating back to 1872, it has surprising disease resistance even for a Victorian apple tree. Another unusual feature for an old variety is that it is partially self-fertile.
Dating back so far (believed to be 1872), the parentage is unknown although it is an English variety.
APPEARANCE, TASTE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF EGREMONT RUSSET
The skin is a dull orange-yellow colour with russeting all over the apple. The flesh is pale cream and dense, rather like a slightly unripe pear but sweet at the same time. It is in pollination group 2 and can suffer from damage to the blossom if a late frost occurs.
Not a variety for very cold parts of the UK. Although partially self-fertile it will benefit from a pollination partner (click here for suitable pollination partners).
This variety is sometimes sold in supermarkets but the accompanying cold storage for months does nothing for the flavour or texture. Picked straight from the tree or stored for no longer than a month, Egremont Russet is a deliciously different apple. Tastes superb with cheese.
PEST AND DISEASE OF EGREMONT RUSSET
Without a doubt this variety shows good disease resistance particularly to scab making it an excellent choice for the wetter areas of the UK where this disease is common. It also has good resistance to canker and mildew.
The key problem area for this variety is bitter pit which is especially a problem in younger trees. Unless your soil is very low in nutrients avoid feeding an Egremont Russet tree. Excessive nitrogen and / or potassium will make the problem worse. Water well in dry conditions because an irregular supply of water also encourages bitter pit. See the picture below for external signs of this disease.
For much more detailed information on identifying and treating Bitter Pit, consult our page dedicated to this problem which can be found here.
Another less common disease in the UK which this variety is prone to, is Fireblight. This is common in hawthorn hedgerows so be wary of cultivating Egremont Russet in areas where infected hawthorns are growing nearby.
BUYING AN EGREMONT RUSSET APPLE TREE
Egremont Russet is the most popular russet apple in the UK and for this reason is often found at garden centres. It is not normally found at supermarkets or diy stores. All the major online fruit suppliers sell this tree.
SUMMARY CHARACTERISTICS OF EGREMONT RUSSET
USE: Eating and cooking
SKIN COLOUR / TEXTURE: Russet, dull brown with some red patches, looks good.
FLESH COLOUR: White
TASTE AND TEXTURE: A crisp texture which is also dense. Very pleasant taste with a slight nutty flavour.
FRUIT SIZE: Average
SUITABILITY FOR CORDON / ESPALIER GROWTH: Yes
TREE SIZE: Average size depending on rootstock and conditions
REGULARITY OF CROPPING: Very regular
POLLINATION: Group 2, partially self-fertile but does better with a suitable pollination partner
AWARDS: RHS AGM
SPECIAL FEATURES: A top quality russet with excellent flavour and texture. Far better eaten fresh compared to whatever the supermarkets do to them to keep them longer than normal. Good disease resistance including scab.
The average flowering time (optimum time for pollination) and date when fruits are ripe for harvest in the UK for the Egremont Russet apple tree are set out below. If you have set your home town we can give you a more accurate estimate, if you have not set your home town (do it now by clicking here) the dates below will be the average for the UK.
Your town has not been set, the average main flowering time for Egremont Russet in the UK is the last week of April to the first week of May. Fruit will be ready for harvesting in the third week of September. Click here if you want to set the dates to your home town.
Flowering and fruit picking dates vary according to the weather in any particular growing season so the above dates may well change slightly from one year to the next. The flowering date above is when the apple tree produces the maximum number of blossoms, it will also produce blossom, although less, a week or two either side of the date given.
COMMON POLLINATION PARTNERS FOR EGREMONT RUSSET
Egremont Russet is in pollination group 2. It is partially self-fertile and in many years it may benefit from a pollination partner. Suitable pollination varieties include the following:
- Alkmene – pollination group 2, self-sterile, eater
- Allington Pippin – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
- Arthur Turner – pollination group 3, self-sterile, cooker
- Beauty of Bath – pollination group 2, self-sterile, eater
- Bountiful – pollination group 3, self-sterile, cooker
- Charles Ross – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
- Court of Wick – pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater and cooker
- Cox’s Orange Pippin – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile (see here), eater and cooker
- Devonshire Quarrenden – pollination group 2, partially self-fertile, cooker
- Discovery – pollination group 3, self-sterile, eating and cider
- Fiesta – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
- Granny Smith – pollination group 3, self fertile, eater and cooker
- Greensleeves – pollination group 2, self-fertile, eater, cooker, juice
- Grenadier – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
- Howgate Wonder – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
- Idared – pollination group 2, self-sterile, eater
- James Grieve – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker and eater
- Katy – pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater
- Kidds Orange Red – pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater
- Laxtons Fortune – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
- Lord Lambourne – pollination group 2, self-fertile, eater and cooker
- Peasgoods Nonsuch – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, cooker
- Red Falstaff – pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
- Red Windsor – pollination group 2, self-fertile, eater
- Reverend W Wilks – pollination group 2, self-fertile, cooker
- Rubinette – pollination group 3, self-sterile, eater
- Scrumptious – pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
- Sops in Wine – pollination group 3, self-sterile, juicer
- Spartan – pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater
- Sunset – pollination group 3, self-fertile, eater and cooker
- Worcester Pearmain – pollination group 3, partially self-fertile, eater
The full list of apple tree varieties which we have reviewed is listed below. Select any one of them and then click the “More Information” button to be taken to the in depth review: