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Malus domestica Egremont Russet


Apple Egremont Russet

Historic variety - a great all rounder

An old favourite with a distinctive golden russet skin and a lovely, nutty flavour. Suitable to eat fresh from the tree in late autumn or to use for cooking, this variety will never disappoint in the kitchen.


Happiest in full sun and rich fertile soil.


Dig organic matter into the soil before planting - home-made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Water your tree occasionally in dry weather until it has established. To get a crop of apples there needs to be another apple tree nearby which flowers around the same time, to act as a pollinator. This variety is in flowering group 2, so will need a neighbour from flowering group 1, 2 or 3.

This old variety was introduced in 1872 and is still popular amongst connoisseurs of russet apples, known for their dry, nutty flavour.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist, Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - September
Cropping August - October

Check store availability

10 litre pot £29.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From January to December