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Herefordshire Russet

An eating Apple. A new breed, It was being waited on to see if it does well before being added to catalogues and it has turned out to be an excellent specimen
Bred by Hugh Erwin around the turn of the millennium, Herefordshire Russet was released for general sale in 2003. The parents are unknown- it is possible they are a secret but it seems more likely that this tree was a chance seedling from a busy orchard with dozens of possible parents.
Herefordshire Russet trees have not been around for long enough to be sure, but thus far they have shown themselves to be disease resistant, with one exception - aphids love them. Local lacewing and ladybird larvae will deal with these in time or a jet of soapy water will dislodge them.

The golden brown fruit are a little on the small side and connoisseurs will know that it is often the little ones that pack the richest flavour. The trees are strong growers and crop so well that you will certainly have to thin the fruit. You can pick them in October and they store quite well until Christmas.
Trees are almost fully self-fertile, though you will see some improvement in crop size if there is a pollination partner. The trees are really good croppers and are sure to need thinning in most years.

In flower in the early to mid season


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All information relating to varieties, characteristics and descriptions is sourced from the following:

Bultitude, J. 1984. Apples: a guide to the identification of international varieties. London: Macmillan Press.

Morgan, M. and Richards, A. 2002. The new book of apples. London: Ebury Press.

National Fruit Collection public access database at Brogdale Farm, Kent.

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