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Apple 'Egremont Russet'

Malus domestica 'Egremont Russet'

Also known as

Apple Tree 'Egremont Russet', Apple Tree

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

8m

2m

Min

2m

10 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

An indication of an apple being ready to pick is that is has coloured. The fruit should have swelled up to a good size and crunch with touch. To pick an apple, cup it in your hand, lift gently and if it easily comes off, it is ripe. This cultivar is harvested between October and December.

Overview

This apple is a hardy, deciduous woody perennial tree that grows in cold temperate zones. Apples grow best where there is cold in winter, moderate summer temperatures, and medium to high humidity. Apples are moderately fast growing, but growth slows with age. Apple trees can live for 100 years or more. Apple trees bloom in the spring, set fruit, and take from 100 to 200 days to reach harvest depending upon the variety. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Common problems

Pests that attack apples are scale, codling moths, fruit fly and mites. Powdery mildew results in a dusty white coating on leaves and fruit. Apple scab results in greenish brown spots and fusi result in black spots on the fruit skin.

    Propagation

    Cuttings

    Grafts from a well-known cultivar is taken during dormant stage and grafted unto a rootstock - often seedlings produce strong roots and can be used as rootstock too! Budding is preferred in nurseries when only an eye is put on a rootstock.

    Seed

    Seed need cold stratification and will give rise to new characteristics, different than the parent, therefor seldom used. It will take about 7 years from pips to start harvest to evaluate new plant.

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Blossoms need cross pollinating to set as fruit therefor the nectar attrack insects like bees.

    Hedge plant

    Apple trees can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes to make a pretty hedge screen.

    Crop rotation

    Do not plant an apple tree where an old one was removed - rather plant vegetables or trees from other fruit families.

    Uses

    Suitable for northerly colder high rainfall areas.

    Culinary

    Apples are delicious nutritious fruit!

    Medicinal

    Minerals and vitamins inside the fruit prevent diseases and grated apple is considered a wonderful treat for recovering during and or after illness.