St. Edmund’s Russet Apple Scionwood


St. Edmund’s Russet Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Early Fall. First discovered in the orchard of a Richard Harvey, Bury St. Edmunds, England, about 1870. Received a first-class certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society, Oct. 6, 1875. Also called St. Edmunds, St. Edmunds Pippin and Early Golden Russet.

High-quality and highly flavored late-September dessert fruit. Medium-sized roundish-conic fruit is similar in shape to Golden Russet but with a much lighter uniform yellowish-tan coloring. The crisp fine-textured creamy-white-yellowish juicy aromatic flesh has a sweet subacid pear-like flavor. Always one of the most popular apples at our Common Ground Fair taste tests.

Introduced to us by the late orchardist Don Johnson. Another of Don’s great finds. The earliest russet to ripen in central Maine every year. Not a keeper. Blooms early midseason. Z4.

896 St. Edmund’s Russet
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L896A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
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L896B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
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Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 17, 2023, for shipment around March 13. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)

We sell scionwood in two ways:
By the stick: One 8" stick ($6 each) will graft 3 or 4 trees.
By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot ($5.50/foot, minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.

You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

For more info:
About Scionwood.