Russet Apple 'Egremont Russet'

Malus x domestica

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: x domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Egremont Russet
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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Time:

Mid season flowering

Late season flowering



Rootstock Vigor:


Bearing Habit:


Disease Resistance:

Resistant to Apple Scab

Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew

Fruit Usage:


Other details:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 11, 2006, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

"Parentage / Origin: England, prior to 1872
Harvest / Season: Harvest: late September - October, Season: October - December
Description: Considered one of the best eating apples. Small, round, golden brown russet fruit often with black spots or markings. Greenish-yellow, richly flavored, very distinctive flesh, often described as nutty. Almost smoky, tannic quality develops after keeping and flesh becomes drier.
Tree Characteristics: Hardy, compact tree."



On Apr 16, 2004, angelam from melbourne,
Australia wrote:

We are in Melbourne- Zone 10, which I knew was not ideal for this variety before I planted it, but they are almost impossible to buy here and I love the fruit, sweet and nutty and with a very perfumed scent. The the tree is very vigorous and flowers beautifully here but doesn't set much fruit despite having ample cross pollinators. What it does set the lorikeets seem to like as much as me.

Oddly for the first three years it set fruit I thought I'd been sold the wrong variety as the fruit was only 'russeted 'round the stalk and was mainly green. Over the years however the area spread and the fruit now looks right.


On Jul 14, 2002, Baa wrote:

The Egremont Russet Apple is believed to have been produced in Petworth, West Sussex, England. Recorded by nurserymen in 1872, it was certainly known and grown in English orchards by 1880.

Russet apples have a rough skin covering, the normal green skin we associate with apples is covered in rough spots ranging from golden brown to chocolate. Next to other apples it is quite ugly but has a wonderful flavour and makes for one of the best dessert apples you can buy. Please don't pass this one over just because of it's looks!

The apples are ready for harvesting from October-December and are good keepers but will shrivel in very dry conditions. Best kept at 3 to 4 degrees C.

The height is dependant on the rootstock, tends to have an upright habit ra... read more