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Charles Ross



A very handsome traditional English dual purpose apple.

Origin: Berkshire UK, 1890

Pollination: Charles Ross is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator.  Pollination partners

Charles Ross apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Charles Ross tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Charles Ross tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Charles Ross tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Charles Ross tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Charles Ross tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

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).

History and description of Charles Ross

Raised from Peasgood Nonsuch x Cox's Orange Pippin by Charles Ross, gardener to Capt Carstairs of Welford Park, Berkshire. It was originally named Thomas Andrew Knight after the famous pomologist. It received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1899. It was renamed in the same year and received a First Class Certificate from the RHS as Charles Ross. Formerly grown on a small scale in the UK. A very handsome, prized exhibition variety.

Large, round-conical fruit. Greenish yellow skin covered with orange red flush and distinct broken red lines. Some russet patches. Creamy white, crisp, juicy flesh. Pleasant, sweet, lightly aromatic flavour. Loses flavour in storage. Dual purpose. Keeps some of its shape when cooked.

Moderately vigorous, upright, hardy tree. Partially self-fertile, good cropper. Resistant to scab but susceptible to capsid bug. Suitable for growing in northern Britain, on chalky soils and in coastal regions.

Characteristics of Charles Ross apple trees

UseDual Cul & Des
ColourFlushed
FlavourSweet
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Sep
Season of useSep-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingGood
Disease resistanceScab - Resistant
Suitable forChalky Soils
Hardy
Late Frost
Northern Britain
Special featuresGood for Juice
Pollination date11
Pollination groupC
Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ParentageCox's Orange Pippin
Cox's Orange Pippin
Peasgood's Nonsuch
Peasgood's Nonsuch
ProgenyEros
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