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Roxbury Russet Apple

Malus cv ‘'Roxbury Russet’

'Roxbury Russet' is an extremely productive variety, and like many older varieties,it stores well through the winter months. Modern cold storage technology has meant that the superb keeping qualities of 'Roxbury Russet' are no longer important commercially, but to the home gardener, keeping quality is still an important asset for a fruit variety. Thomas Jefferson planted number of 'Roxbury Russet' trees in Monticello's South Orchard in 1778. He reffered to them as "russetings" because of the distinctive flacking russets on the skin of the fruit. This was among the most popular varieties in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The fruit of the 'Roxbury Russet' has a greenish skin and a crisp, tart taste that ripens in early fall.

Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
White, Pink
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Mar 28 to 2002 Apr 232003 Apr 4 to 2003 Apr 182004 Mar 29 to 2004 May 12005 Apr 12 to 2005 May 102006 Apr 13 to 2006 Apr 282007 Apr 6 to 2007 Apr 302008 Apr 10 to 2008 May 22009 Apr 6 to 2009 Apr 242010 Apr 6 to 2010 Apr 232013 Apr 24 to 2013 May 72014 Apr 25 to 2014 Dec 7
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