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Rosemary Russet apple

A classic English russet apple from the Victorian era, though not as well known as its contemporaries.

Rosemary Russet identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 13 Dec 2013  David Pike,  BERKS, United Kingdom
    My most favourite apple I've ever tasted. The flavour is intensely 'appley, acidic (like a good Granny Smith), the texture firm but juicy - what more can you want in an apple! So pleased that my local orchard at Crosslanes Farm, Mapleduram introduced the variety - taken a few years to establish but so worth waiting for. The one shortcoming is the apples are generally quite large and just a little too much for a serving but there's no harm in sharing! Contrary to the name the apple doesn't have the rough associated 'russet' skin. If you haven't tried this gem of an apple make sure you do - it's a 'wow'!
  • 03 Jul 2013  Martin Wren,  SURREY, United Kingdom
    I bought some of these apples from Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester a couple of years ago. Not sure if it was just that batch or if they are generally that good but they were exceptional. An apple that I would like to see more widely available. I've seen the trees occasionally in orchards belonging to National Trust properties but I think that commercial growers steer away from it because it is not so well known.

Tree register

United Kingdom

Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • May  2009  - tree owned by Andrea in Maldon, United Kingdom

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Harvest records for this variety

2009 season

  • 1st week October  2009  - tree owned by Andrea in Maldon, United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Originates from: United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1830s
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2061
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1973-143


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Pear drop
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some resistance

Where to buy fresh fruit

United Kingdom


  • Apples of England (1948)
    Author: Taylor

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