Semi-dwarf, deciduous fruit tree
Description: The fruit has a greenish skin and a crisp, tart taste which ripens in early fall; needs a pollinator
Habit: Grafted onto dwarfing stock that will grow 10 to 12 feet high
Culture: Prefers full sun and well-drained garden soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Attributes: Edible fruit, attracts bees
‘Roxbury Russet' is an extremely productive variety, and like many older varieties, it stores well through the winter months. Modern cold storage technology has meant that the superb keeping qualities of "Roxbury Russet' are no longer important commercially, but to the home gardener, keeping quality is still an important asset for a fruit variety. Thomas Jefferson planted a number of 'Roxbury Russet' trees in Monticello's South Orchard in 1778. He referred to them as "russetings" because of the distinctive flaking russets on the skin of the fruit. This was among the most popular varieties in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
This plant will ship bare-root beginning late Feb. 2014. zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7