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Merton Russet apple

Small. Golden russet colored. Flesh very crisp, deep yellow, and juicy. Complex sweet/spicy flavor.

Merton Russet identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 10 Nov 2013  Jennifer Martin,  New Zealand
    spring 2013. my apple grove is not in a place that would be recommended. dry bony soil. dry summers. my merton russet is growing strongly and is very healthy. i have watered the tree from time to time in the summer. i am hoping for a few apples this year. it has had horse poose and seaweed. if i carry on with the horse poose i should sprinkle with lime in future. i get serious frosts ans some snow in the winter.
  • 07 Nov 2011  Jennifer Martin,  New Zealand
    i grafted a merton russet onto a m793 rootstock last year and it seems to be vigorous enough. From a 10cm scion in july 2010, it is a bit over a metre now(spring). It took a while to get going during spring/summer 2010 though. i have not had any trouble with disease yet, maybe a bit early.
  • 15 Jul 2011  N. Buck,  CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom
    I tried growing this variety for a while (on the strong M25 roots, for those who are curious), but I had to remove the struggling tree on account of it being too susceptible to powdery mildew without sprays (which was not something that I was prepared to do). It showed some resistance to canker and scab - and was quite a strong grower until mildew crippled it - so it might tolerate a higher-rainfall climate and better soil where powdery mildew is less troublesome. Not recommended - and that's probably why it is hard to find this variety. There are plenty of better varieties with equal or superior fruit quality and with better disease resistance for home growers.

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2010 season

  • 5th May  2010  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 25th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 3rd week April  2013  - tree owned by Katrina in Nelson, New Zealand


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Sturmer Pippin x Cox's Orange Pippin
  • Originates from: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1921
  • Developed by: M.B. Crane, John Innes Institute
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1793
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1935-002


  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Early-Mid season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

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