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Herefordshire Russet Apple Tree

Attractive russet apple with a hint of Cox flavour

The Highlights

    • Brilliant Russet apple with a nutty flavour with a sweet and sharp edge
    • Said to be similar in taste to its parent, Cox, but with russet texture
    • Does require pruning and protection from the worst frosts, especially when young
    • Harvest heavy crops in October, store to January
    • M26 Rootstock - Max size H3m x W3m Rootstocks restrict the size of a tree to make it more suited for an average gardenMORE
    • Not self fertile - Pollination Group 3 Requires pollination by another apple tree within a mile's radius. They need to flower at the same time. Apples in the same pollination group, or one either side, can pollinate each other. In built up areas it is unlikely that there won't be a suitable pollination partner within a mileMORE
    • Our potted trees are supplied in EcoPots™. Eco pots use 70% less plastic and are fully recyclable, unlike normal single use pots. They flex and so produce less root spiralling and travel better in the post.MORE
    • Our trees are usually between 18 and 36 months old at the time of dispatch.
    • Our trees are professionally pruned before dispatching. This formative pruning can involve cutting the main leader, if the expert tree growers decide this will produce a better shaped tree. This can stop the tree becoming "leggy", and promote stronger, bushier growth.MORE

Herefordshire Russet Apple Tree

Attractive russet apple with a hint of Cox flavour
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The Highlights

    • Brilliant Russet apple with a nutty flavour with a sweet and sharp edge
    • Said to be similar in taste to its parent, Cox, but with russet texture
    • Does require pruning and protection from the worst frosts, especially when young
    • Harvest heavy crops in October, store to January
    • M26 Rootstock - Max size H3m x W3m Rootstocks restrict the size of a tree to make it more suited for an average gardenMORE
    • Not self fertile - Pollination Group 3 Requires pollination by another apple tree within a mile's radius. They need to flower at the same time. Apples in the same pollination group, or one either side, can pollinate each other. In built up areas it is unlikely that there won't be a suitable pollination partner within a mileMORE
    • Our potted trees are supplied in EcoPots™. Eco pots use 70% less plastic and are fully recyclable, unlike normal single use pots. They flex and so produce less root spiralling and travel better in the post.MORE
    • Our trees are usually between 18 and 36 months old at the time of dispatch.
    • Our trees are professionally pruned before dispatching. This formative pruning can involve cutting the main leader, if the expert tree growers decide this will produce a better shaped tree. This can stop the tree becoming "leggy", and promote stronger, bushier growth.MORE

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

Bare Root
Our bare root trees are lifted fresh from the field, wrapped in a moisture retentive covering and packed straight away. You can be sure they will be fresh when they arrive. In winter, you can store for several weeks if kept in a cool, dark spot. Later in spring, when the temperature rises, you will want to plant within a few days of arrival.
9L Eco Pot
This tree is supplied in a 9L Eco Pot, which is approx W15 x H30cm. Eco Pots use 70% less plastic then traditional pots and can be recycled easily. A 9L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.

Height on arrival:

120-150cm inc. roots
120-150cm inc. pot

Eventual height:

3m
3m

Eventual spread:

3m

Tasting notes:

Nutty, slightly sweet with a sharp edge

Time to first crop:

1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.
1 year
You may see your first apples the first year after planting, but don't expect substantial crops until the 3/4th year. Some advise thinning the fruit in the first few years so that the tree can concentrate its energy on establishing strong roots and growing.

Hardiness:

Fully Hardy
Doesn't require any protection from frost

Pollination group:

3
Pollination groups relate to the time of the year when a tree flowers. Trees that flower at the same time can pollinate each other, which helps produce fruit if not self fertile, and can still improve yields even if they are. Trees can usually pollinate a group either side of their own; i.e "2" can Pollinate 1, 2, and 3

Uses:

Eating

Rootstock:

M26 Dwarfing
Apple tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. M26 apple trees tend to only reach 3m tall, perfect for smaller spaces or those afraid of stepladders.
M26 Dwarfing
Apple tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. M26 apple trees tend to only reach 3m tall, perfect for smaller spaces or those afraid of stepladders.

Spacing:

Care Guide

Average Pest and Disease Resistance

Has good resistance to most problems but you should take time to prune to increase air flow. This will prevent the build up of bacterial disease. Keep an eye out for fire blight or apple scab - these are more rare but require further action.

Water in well when planting - read on for ongoing care

Water in thoroughly when planting. For bare root trees, you won't need to water regularly going forward, only water in dry spells when needed. You should be able tell because the leaves will start to wilt and droop. If a container grown tree, it will need more watering until its roots are established. It should be watered every other day or so for the first few months. Then reduce to twice a week until autumn. In the second year it should have a established enough root system to support itself, just water when required as explained above for bare roots. When watering a tree it is important to give a good soaking. It is better to water heavy and less frequently than little and often as this encourages the roots to grow down into the ground.

Full sun

Full sun means receiving direct sun for more than 6 hours each day during the spring/summer

Happy in most soils

Prefers fertile well draining soil, can also tolerate clay soil but you will need to take some steps to improve drainage in the winter

No need to feed

Don't worry, this isn't a hungry plant so your food bills won't be going up! https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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