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Duchess of Oldenburg

An old Russian apple still grown and popular in Russia. A pretty with a striking pattern of red lines.

Origin: Russia, 1700

Pollination: Duchess of Oldenburg is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Duchess of Oldenburg apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

History and description of Duchess of Oldenburg

Known in Russia as Borovinka in the early 1700’s and spread to Germany and Sweden. Sent to England c1817 and renamed. A popular Victorian garden apple, also grown commercially. Still grown all over the former USSR and Northern Europe where it is known as Charlamowsky.

Attractive large fruit. Oblong, rounded shape, distinctly flattened at base and apex. Rounded ribs. Boldly striped and mottled bright red over a pale green background, becoming pale yellow. Slight bloom. Cream flesh, soft, juicy and brisk. A dual-purpose apple cooking to a light puree. Very hardy tree.

Characteristics of Duchess of Oldenburg apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Aug
Season of useAug-Sept
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Suitable forHardy
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Pollination date4
Pollination groupB
PollinatorsPollination partners