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Golden Russet Apples

 

unknown parentage, likely before 1800

 

Grafted #2 - 2017, on wild seedling rootstock (inside)
 

Grafted #1 - 2012, on wild seedling rootstock (NEOrch)

 

 

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"Winter. Round medium-sized russet fruit. The champagne of cider apples, ripening late in fall when the best sweet cider is ready to be made: sweet, balanced, thick and smooth. Excellent eating; keeps all winter and well into spring. Several different apples have been called Golden Russet. This is most likely the Golden Russet of Western New York. Vigorous diverging upcurving tree with long willowy branches. Scab resistant. Blooms early to midseason. Thought to be from England, New York or New England, before 1800. Z4. // tip bearer with apples hanging at the ends of twiggy shoots. (?)



2021 - #1 - Looking good.

#2 - Looking good, no sign of fireblight. Spread several branches to get more even space around.


2020 - #1 - Growing nicely, better shaped now.

#2 - Continued healthy and vigorous - until fireblight hit. Only a few apples got strikes, this was one. By 7/20 central leader was brown. Cut it out. But 4 nicely spaced lower branches were all healthy and stayed that way. think I'll leave that the shape of the tree - wide growing. The branches start high enough I think.


2019 - #1 - 4/9 cut off low upright 3 yr 24" watersprout. Looking good.     #2 - Healthy, vigorous.


2018 - #1 - Decent growth this year; starting to look like a "regular" apple tree. Leaf issues but did OK. Split near bottom healing very well, almost closed.

#2 - Pruned to one leader. Very vigorous growth - ~ 4ft tall whip (3’ growth this year). Looks good.


2017 - #1 - Pruned off one shoot for scion late winter to graft on an inside fence seedling (GR#2). Looking much better, filling out though still rather thin shoots. 

#2 - Cut scion late winter from GR#1. Grafted 5/26 onto very short, small a3 wild apple/crab tr seedling in new east part of orchard inside. Vigorous, healthy 10-12" growth.


2016 - #1 - Better growth this year. Still sparse.


2015 - #1 - Pruned off low original branch. Top finally looking better, more branches. Then mid summer something (large bird?) broke top branch off! bummer, but glad to have side branches to grow. Trunk very skinny.


2014 - #1 - Skinny trunk, probably crab rootstock. Looking good.


2013 - #1 - Good growth, leaving one original branch.


2012 - #1 - Fedco scion grafted to 5 ft wild sapling transplanted from front of shop, maybe crab, thin trunk. Planted west of hangar along north windbreak/woods. Only graft to survive 5/30 freeze, nicely protected against north woods. Looking rough but alive.



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