Duchess of Oldenburg
Russia 1700


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Originally Duchess of Oldenburg was planted extensively wherever growers needed extreme hardiness. Oldenburg “kept up the hope of prairie orchardists in times of great discouragement,” according to The Apples of New York, Volume II, by S. A. Beach (J. B. Lyon Co., 1905). Fruit medium to large; color pale yellow covered with splashes and stripes of pinkish red. Duchess of Oldenburg yellow, firm, crisp and juicy flesh. A highly aromatic apple, with excellent culinary qualities. Duchess of Oldenburg is one of the best pie apples for coldest climates.Scab resistant.


CCOF Certified Organic:  Our apple trees (exception noted) and few other select fruit trees and berries grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO).

Growing Considerations for Duchess of Oldenburg
Russia 1700

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Heirloom: Yes

Bloom Period: Early

Harvest Period: Very Early

Storage: A few weeks

Uses: Canning / Preserves, Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Fresh Eating

Origin Date: 1700`s

Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period

Years to Bear: 2-4 years

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Shape when Shipped: Feathered (prominent branching)

Rootstock: MM 111 (Semi-dwarf)

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Size supplied when shipped: 1/2 to 3/4 inch caliper*;  Trees range from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs).


*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.