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Windham Russet
Windham Russet
Windham Russet Apple Late Fall. Parentage unknown. Massachusetts before 1870.

Excellent dessert apple for the connoisseur. The darkish brown russet skin has a distinctly bumpy rough texture, unlike any other russet we know. The stem area is sometimes lipped like Pewaukee.

We brought it to the Franklin County CiderDays apple tasting at old Deerfield in November 2013 and it won, beating out some really great apples.

First brought to the attention of the Maine Pomological Society by D.J. Briggs in 1885. Z.A. Gilbert, longtime president of the society, struggled to identify the apple. His best guess was Windham Russet. He wrote, “I have spent much time in search of a pointer to the identification of this variety. So choice a russet is worthy of attention.” We agree. Said to be from Massachusetts although there is no Windham down there. Maybe it’s the Windham in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine. Take your pick.

Now making its big comeback after 131 years. Z4-7. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information

Apples

All apple trees require a second variety for pollination, but any apple or crabapple blooming at the same time, within a quarter mile, will probably do.

Planting distance depends on the rootstock:
Plant standard trees (A) 25-30' apart.
Plant Bud 118 (B) rootstocks 20-25' apart.
Plant M111 (C) rootstocks 15-20' apart.
Plant Bud 9 (D) rootstocks 5-10' apart.

Each apple variety has a climate range where it will thrive and produce its best fruit. At the end of each apple description we list a range of zones. For example, Z3-4 signifies that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 3 and 4 and that we don’t recommend it farther south even though it would be plenty hardy. Z4-6 means that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 4, 5 or 6. Although we have received reports from southern areas that some of our rarest Maine apples are thriving, we suggest you use this guide to select apples most appropriate to your area.

Varieties bearing annually are noted; others normally bear every other year. With diligent annual pruning and thinning, most apples will produce an annual crop, one heavy, the next light.

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