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Malus domestica 'Egremont Russet' (D)
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apple 'Egremont Russet'

'Egremont Russet' is a dessert cultivar in pollination group 2. Suitable for northerly, colder, higher rainfall areas. Produces good, regular crops of apples; yellowish-green, up to half flushed brownish-red and covered with russet. Characteristic nutty flavour with a season of use from October to December

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green Red Green Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

It will crop best in a sunny situation. The height will depend on the rootstock and training method. Suitable for all training forms. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Fruit thinning may be required. For more details see apple cultivation or visit our Grow Your Own guide to apples

Propagation

Propagate by chip budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock for fruit. The rootstock used will largely determine the vigour of the tree

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Regular pruning is required - see apple pruning; spur bearing

Pests

Aphids, rosy apple aphid, fruit tree red spider mite, mussel scale, codling moth and caterpillars are the main pests on edible apples. Very prone to woolly aphid

Diseases

Fruit is resistant to apple scab, but the foliage can be prone to it. Can be affected by powdery mildews, apple canker and honey fungus; susceptible to bitter pit

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