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Malus Domestica Egremont Russet Fan Trained Apple Tree
The Egremont Russet Apple Tree is a Fan Trained offering, so as to be very useful in spaces where lateral distances are at a premium. Ideal for growing against sunny walls or similar arrangements. With a fan trained apple tree, the branches radiate from a short trunk and as they spread in ‘rays’ side shoots are trained out to fill the gaps; imitating a ‘fan’ shape. Malus domestica Egremont Russet is a dessert apple tree that produces pale pink flowers in the summer, and after pollination, develop into rough skinned, dull gold with flecks of yellow fruit. This variety of apple is known for its sweet but nutty flavour and a crisp dryish flesh that is firm. Its deciduous foliage is green in spring and summer; progressing to reds and oranges in autumn. The flowers it produces are pale-pink in the summer season and scented nicely.
An Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1993; the Egremont Russet Apple tree is theorized to have likely originated in England, though its true origin is considered ‘unknown’…it was first recorded in 1872, possibly developed by the estate of Lord Petworth in Sussex. Malus domestica ‘Egremont Russet’ is of the Genus Malus.
Some recommended uses are in architectural applications, city, cottage or informal plantings. The fan trained apple tree is ideal for living walls or borders. The Egremont Russet Apple prefers moderately fertile soils that are consistently moist, but free-draining. It will tolerate partial shade but prefers full sun exposure. It’s advised to keep a clear area around the trunk’s radius up to 60 cm. This variety of Apple grows from clay to loamy to sandy soils that are well drained but maintain moisture. Recommended pH is near neutral, 7.0. If good sun exposure is provided, it can be grown in any aspect, North, South, East, or West. Malus domestica Egremont Russet can tolerate reasonable exposure or sheltered exposure fairly well. It’s hardy to Zone H4 in the UK. Though uniform in shape, the fruit will be variable in size. It can be eaten fresh, used for cooking and drying and is considered to have very good flavouring of a dry/nutty nature while also being sharply sweet.
Very easy to grow, the Egremont Russet Apple tree is a great choice for fragrant flowers and an attractive fruit set; and the fan trained habit makes for a beautiful addition to your landscape.