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Malus domestica 'King Russet' (D) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Yellow, Pale Bronze and Pale Orange in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

apple 'King Russet'

Family

Rosaceae


Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

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How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

It will crop best in a sunny situation. The height will depend on the rootstock and training method. Suitable for all training forms. Keep a clear area around the trunk of at least 60cm radius. Fruit thinning may be required. For more details see apple cultivation

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by budding or grafting onto a clonal rootstock for fruit. The rootstock used will effect the size of the plant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning apples according to age and training form

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite, mussel scale, codling moth and caterpillars are the main pests on edible apples

Diseases

May be affected by apple canker, apple scab, powdery mildew and honey fungus