Roxbury Russet Apple Tree Overview
The Roxbury Russet apple tree is one of the oldest American heirloom fruit trees. It came about as a chance seedling during the early 1600s in a small town called Roxbury near Boston, Massachussetts. For instance, some believe Roxbury Russet is the result of an apple core thrown away when the pilgrims first came to North America.
This historic apple variety is not only rich in history, but also in flavor! It’s considered a heritage dessert apple. Therefore, it is a great ingredient to make delicious pies as well as apple sauces! In addition, its high sugar content and aromatic nature is one reason why Roxbury Russet is a good choice for blending in cider. A great benefit to growing Roxbury Russet apple trees is that they bear heavy crops every year. Try not to pick the apples before they are ripe as they won’t have the sweet and sugary content they are known to have!
Although the exact parentage of Roxbury Russet is not known, some people that Ashmead’s Kernel could share common ancestry. At the very least, both contain the famous green to yellow russeting!
- Uses: cider, dessert, eating fresh, juice, pies, sauce
- Taste: sweet, sharp, aromatic
- Size: Medium to large sized
- Color: yellow/gold and reddish brown with heavy russeting, white to greenish yellow flesh color
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 7
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – Very resistant
- Fireblight – Very resistant
- Cedar apple rust – Very resistant
- Prone to canker
- Harvest period: 4, late season
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross pollinates with: Crimson Crisp, Enterprise, Galarina, Ginger Gold, Goldrush, Honeycrisp, Kingston Black, Macoun, Melrose, Newtown Pippin, Northern Spy, Novaspy, Pink Lady, Pristine, Redfree, Rubinette, Sansa, Suncrisp, Sundance, Sweet Sixteen, WineCrisp, Wolf River.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. It is a spreading tree.Bears fruit on spurs and shoots. Needs pruning each year.
- Storage: Can keep well for up to five months (20 weeks).