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Roxbury Russet Apple 3-5 ft branched tree

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$55.00 USD
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$55.00 USD
Plant type
Rootstock

Roxbury Russet was likely brought over as a seed by early European settlers to North America. The flesh is tender and juicy; the brisk, very sweet, and highly aromatic. Prized for fresh eating, pies and sauce, as well as juice and cider. The skin is green, washed with red-brown and with variable russeting. The tree has some resistance to cedar apple rust and fireblight.

Standard rootstock: These trees are grafted onto Antonovka standard rootstock, which produces vigorous and disease-resistant full-size trees. With a little TLC these trees can last generations.

B118: B118 or “Bud 118” is considered semidwarf or semistandard, growing to 85% the size of a standard rootstock tree. Similar to a standard, trees on B118 are vigorous, hardy and need no staking. Trees on B118 will begin bearing fruit slightly earlier than standard roostock trees and are reliably productive.

M7: M7 is a semidwarf rootstock, producing a tree that is 50-65% the size of a tree on standard rootstock. M7 trees are reliably productive, hardy and quick to bear. They may need staking early in life. They’re great where space is tight.

Apples thrive in Vermont. You need to have at least two different varieties for pollination; however, apples are common enough in Vermont that you can often get away with planting one if a neighbor has a few trees. Wild trees or crab apples growing nearby can also serve as pollinators. More pollen often means more and larger fruit. Plant in a well-drained spot with good sun. We grow and sell varieties that perform well in our climate and growing conditions. Varieties listed as “heirloom” originated before 1900.

If you are planting a few trees, consider selecting varieties with different uses or ripening times. If you are planning to make hard cider, add a cider variety or two to blend with more typical dessert fruit.