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St. Edmund's Russet Apple on G.890 (Spring 2024)


A mid-season heirloom russet with a rich pear-like flavor . Also known as St. Edmund's Pippin.

This tree is annual bearing and low vigor, with an upright but droopy habit. It is tip bearing, so care should be taken when pruning. Very easy to grow, St. Edmund's Russet is resistant to powdery mildew, scab, cedar-apple rust, and canker. Of all the major diseases, it is susceptible only to fireblight. Although it is partially self-fertile, better crops will be obtained from this tree in the presence of a pollenizer.

The mid-season apple is flattish and fully covered in a smooth, velvety, pale fawn russet. The flavor is exceptional when fully ripe. In Apples of Uncommon Character, Rowan Jacobsen writes: "Like vanilla pudding infused with pear essence. Early in the season, the richness can be masked by a blast of lemony acid, but this gives way to a yellow-cake flavor." The texture is finely grained, crisp, and meltingly delicate. St Edmund's Russet is not a storage apple; eat it quick!

Originating from the town of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, this apple was first raised by a Mr. R. Harvey in the late 1800s. It was popularized in the 1900s by Bunyard's Nursery of Kent, and in 1993 it won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. The eponymous Saint Edmund was a devoutly Christian ruler of East Anglia who was killed (at great length) by some invading Danes in 870. In Christian iconography he is portrayed with a sword and arrow, the instruments by which he was tortured.

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This tree is annual bearing and low vigor, with an upright but droopy habit. It is tip bearing, so care should be taken when pruning. Very easy to grow, St. Edmund's Russet is resistant to powdery mildew, scab, cedar-apple rust, and canker. Of all the major diseases, it is susceptible only to fireblight. Although it is partially self-fertile, better crops will be obtained from this tree in the presence of a pollenizer.

The mid-season apple is flattish and fully covered in a smooth, velvety, pale fawn russet. The flavor is exceptional when fully ripe. In Apples of Uncommon Character, Rowan Jacobsen writes: "Like vanilla pudding infused with pear essence. Early in the season, the richness can be masked by a blast of lemony acid, but this gives way to a yellow-cake flavor." The texture is finely grained, crisp, and meltingly delicate. St Edmund's Russet is not a storage apple; eat it quick!

Originating from the town of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, this apple was first raised by a Mr. R. Harvey in the late 1800s. It was popularized in the 1900s by Bunyard's Nursery of Kent, and in 1993 it won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. The eponymous Saint Edmund was a devoutly Christian ruler of East Anglia who was killed (at great length) by some invading Danes in 870. In Christian iconography he is portrayed with a sword and arrow, the instruments by which he was tortured.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Disease-Resistant

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider
Cider classification: sharp
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: russeted
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Introduced in: 1875
Introduced by: R. Harvey

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 7
Chill hours: 700
Ripening date: Sep 15 (approximate, in New York State) + 0 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.890 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Resistant
Apple Scab: Resistant
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Perennial Canker: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 2
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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