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Egremont Russet Apple Tree (BARE ROOT)
Our bare root Egremont Russet eating apple tree provides apples with a nutty flavour (we checked to make sure the taster had not just eaten a peanut butter sandwich before writing the review on this apple tree). The flavour and texture could be likened to that of a firm pear and it goes surprisingly well with Cheese. As with almost every other apple tree, the fruits of the Egremont Russet taste better when allowed to ripen on the tree. As opposed to the orchards picking them early and unripe so they travel better and ripen on the shelves.
It has average resistance to most apple tree diseases (excellent resistance to apple scab) so if you are in habit of taking your tree out to visit friends and their apple trees are poorly then you have a 50/50 chance of coming back with something more than you bargained for. It is also very hardy, quite vigorous and reliable cropper and the fruit keeps quite well. The abundance of flowers also attracts the bees and other pollinating and grateful insects.
The Egremont Russet is one of several Victorian species of apple tree that have generally fallen to the wayside but a small group of apple puritans keep the demand high enough for tree nurseries to stock it. One of the reasons it may have fallen out of favour is that the Egremont Russet is not an apple that will send a burst of apple juice shooting in every direction each time you bite into it. Don't be misled into thinking that this sounds like sucking on a flip flop taken from the beach on a mid-Summers day, after all everything is relative. It is more moist than juicy and what you may lack in juice content is more than made up for with the distinctive flavour and cream coloured flesh.
The Russet part of the name refers to the texture of the skin which could be likened to a very fine abrasive paper. Not so abrasive that you will see DIY shows cutting up the fruits to plane smooth plaster walls but you know what we mean.
It is listed as being particularly suitable for the majority of UK which means you can plant it in the North, East, South and West without too many problems. This either means:
- The Welsh won't accuse it of buying up their housing stock for holiday homes, the Scot's will not punish it for scenes shown in Braveheart and the South won't accuse it of moving into the area just to claim benefits.
It can tolerate the majority of UK weather conditions except those where even penguins, permanently portable people (formerly known as Gypsies), criminals on the run, Gary Glitter and even moss won't live.
The blossoms of the Egremont Russet are particularly heavy i.e. good pollinators for others trees.
Most important information
Month Of Fruiting: October
Type Of Apple: Eating and Cooking (possibly dental scrape and polish as well but we cannot be sure!)
Fertility: (C2) NOT SELF-FERTILE. Requires another apple tree in group C1,C2 or C3 close by.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Bare Root Egremont Russett:
November 2013: I'm so sorry. I meant to reply as soon as the trees arrived. They arrived in very good condition and are now planted in the garden. We are looking forward to seeing them grow leaves in the spring. We will certainly order from you again. Regards Clare Auty
Bare Root Apple Tree Jargon Explained
The options we give you when selecting an Apple tree are made up of the following terms.
| ||M25 ||Mature height around 4.5 + metres, slower to reach full fruit production but much more of it. || |
| ||MM106 ||Mature height of around 3.6 metres, slower to reach full fruit production but more of it compared to M9, M26 and M27. || |
| ||M9 ||Grows to a final height of around 2.5 metres. Reaches full fruiting potential quite quickly. || |
| ||M26 ||Grows to a final height of around 3.0 metres. Reaches full fruiting potential quite quickly. || |
| ||M27 ||Grows to a final height of around 1.5 metres. Reaches full fruiting potential quickly. || |
| ||Straight Lead ||1m or clear trunk i.e. no branches || |
| ||Cordon ||Pruned to produce apples very quickly (1-3 years), favoured with commercial growers. More columnar than round shape. Less of a harvest compared to MM106. || |
| ||Bush ||Clear stem of 45cm before branches grow out. A vase like shape with an open centre. || |
| ||Half Standard ||Clear stem of around 1 m. Conventional tree shape e.g. lollipop, allowing easy grass mowing or companion planting. || |
| ||Maiden ||1-2 years old, no pruning or shaping has taken place. A blank slate for you to shape and train e.g. fan or espalier. Not advisable to plant and leave, will need pruning for 2 more years. || |
| ||Patio ||Ideal for container growing. Usually comes with a root stock that keeps the fruit tree quite small so can be grown in pots. || |
| ||Self Fertile ||Will produce fruit without another apple tree nearby. || |
| ||C1,C2,C3,C4,C5 ||If your apple tree is NOT SELF FERTILE (they will be listed if they are) then you will need a second apple tree nearby of a similar number i.e. the same or one above or one below. So an apple tree from a C3 requires a C2, C3 or C4 planted close by for it to produce fruit. Triploids are an exception, see below. || |
| ||Bare Root ||Available from November to March only. Comes with no pot or dirt around roots and is cheaper than potted options. Orders purchased outside this time will be held for delayed delivery until the next season starts. || |
| ||1 or 2 Year ||How old the tree is. The roots are usually 2 years older than the rest of the tree. || |
| ||TRIPLOID ||You have a selfish tree. It will be pollinated by other trees but the pollen it has to offer is useless. See TRIPLOID POLLINATION for more information. || |
Planting A Maiden Apple Tree And Leaving
The tree will grow but will likely have problems. You may have long thin branches that snap under the weight of a heavy apples crop, the foliage could become too dense trapping moisture and allowing disease in and it may have an odd unbalanced shape to it. We strongly advise pruning for 3 years. Have a look on Youtube for pruning maiden fruit trees.
Bare Root Apple Tree Ages And Heights
Heights vary depending on root stock however 1.25 to 2 metres tall is an average apple tree height at delivery.
All bare root plants need to be planted between November and March whereas our containerised apple trees can be planted all year round. Height can be restricted by pruning or putting the apple tree in a container to restrict growth (minimum 30 litres, smaller the pot, smaller the tree will be)
Select the root stock you desire from the list above or if you are unsure, telephone us on 0800 043 1057 or use the enquiry page.
Fruit Tree Heights
Taller does not mean more value for money. A 1 year old fruit tree can easily be substantially higher than a 2 year old, this is because they are hard pruned at 1 year old to create the desired shape. Some trees have over 100cm of height removed. They can then have another pruning at 2 years old to increase fruit growing real estate. Most fruit trees will benefit from having a third to half of the seasons new growth cut back in the Autumn to prevent long whippy branches which break easily. Age and pruning completed determine real value.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
All Our Trees Are Grown In The UK
As far as we know, none of our trees have sneaked off for holidays abroad and so are UK Grown.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
1 Year Maiden Bare Root Trees
If you plant a 1 Year maiden tree and do not prune it at all, it will grow a little more upright and have more clear stem.