Apple (Malus) 'Golden Russet'

Golden Russet Apple

Categories: Fruit Tree

The "champagne" of old-time cider apples, also delicious for eating and drying. Grey-green to golden bronze with a coppery orange cheek; heavily splotched with light brown russet. Crisp, highly flavored, fine-textured, yellow flesh makes very sugary juice. They are high in both sugar,acid and tannins, which make them a good pair with almost any apple for eating, cooking or cider.

More About Apple (Malus) 'Golden Russet'

  • an antique apple from NY
  • very flavorful for a russet apple

Golden Russet is usually considered to have the best flavor of all American russet apples. It is an exceptionally versatile apple and was grown in New England on a commercial basis in the 19th century. Today it retains a keen following for the excellent quality of its juice, which is used for cider and hard cider production.


10-18 ft


10-18 in


10-20 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Apple (Malus) 'Golden Russet' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Orchard Plant


  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil

Bearing/Fruiting Time

  • Mid season
  • Late season

Bloom Time

  • Early-mid season

Disease Resistance

  • apple scab resistant

Flower Color

  • Appleblossom Pink


  • Golden
  • Greenish

Fruit Qualities

  • sweet
  • aromatic
  • texture, hard/firm
  • distinct flavor

Fruiting Attributes

  • medium size
  • good for cooking/baking
  • stores well/good keeper
  • good for cider
  • antique variety
  • good for cold regions/very hardy


  • Spreading

Plant Size

  • Semi-dwarf (12-18')