Not one of the most well known of Russet apples, this 1848 introduction remains for the connoisseur but has superb eating qualities that might endear it to the morew adventurous planter.
Brownlees Russet Apple tree – Season:
Brownlees Russet should be picked mid October and can then be used from store until the new year, sometimes later.
Brownlees Russet Apple - appearance:
Small to medium sized circular, medium green variably covered with golden brown russet patches. Sometimes has a slight silvery sheen.
Brownlees Russet apple trees – flavour:
Intense with plenty of acidity and balancing sweetness. Has been likened to pear drops. At it’s best wonderfully and distinctively flavoured.
Predominantly a dessert apple but, as with most Russets, also suits some savoury fresh applications such as salads.
Cropping & Growth
Moderate vigour and normally a good cropper. Suits all growing methods.
Brownlees Russet - Pollination: ‘B’ Pollination group, so use varieties with the same or adjacent pollinating prefixes.
Tree sizes for Brownlees Russet apple trees:
M27 is a miniature stock, ideal for very small gardens, pots on the patio etc. Grows to around 180cm’s. Good hearty soil is preferred.
M9 is classed as dwarfing and a good intermiate stock. Matures to 200cm’s plus with a similar spread. M9 is heavy cropping and promotes larger fruits, but needs permanent staking and good soil.
M26 stock Is classed as semi-dwarfing. Does well on poorer soil. Reaches 300cm’s+ with the same spread.
MM106 is vigorous and the best choice for where a larger ‘orchard sized’ tree is required. Grows 4m+ with the same spread and suitable for most soils.