Duchess of Oldenburg Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Late Summer. Russia, 17th century. Also called Duchess. Imported in 1835 with the first wave of Russian apples and named to honor Catherine Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Oldenburg, sister of Czar Alexander.
Duchess was planted extensively wherever growers needed extreme hardiness. It’s still quite popular in northern New England. Highly esteemed for all sorts of cooking; Duchess is one of the best of all pie apples. Cooks up quickly into a creamy delicious sauce.
Medium-sized round red-striped fruit. Firm fine-grained crisp tender juicy subacid aromatic flesh. Small to medium-sized adaptable tree.
May not do well in warmer districts. Duchess seedlings are used as an extremely hardy rootstock called Borowinka. Scab resistant. Blooms early-midseason. Z3.
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