Duchess of Oldenburg Apple

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Attractive and ripens early! Vigorous, easy-to-grow tree bears crops of medium to large fruit for fresh-eating, baking, and sauces. Fruit features red-orange stripes over pale-yellow skin and a creamy flesh. Antique variety, originates from Russia, circa 18th century. Often simply shortened to Duchess. Cold-hardy. Ripens in August. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Good/tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
My grandfather had these and are an amazing cooking apple???
Karla C on Apr 22, 2019
Love heirloom apples.
Niki M on Mar 22, 2019
My grandfather had these and are an amazing cooking apple???
Karla C on Apr 22, 2019
I like european heirloom apples.
Faina F on Apr 9, 2019
Love heirloom apples.
Niki M on Mar 22, 2019
David F on Apr 28, 2018
old time favorite from childhood
Frank D on Jan 2, 2018
Very anxious to grow this lovely antique.
Deborah S on Mar 18, 2016
I like european heirloom apples.
Faina F on Apr 9, 2019
David F on Apr 28, 2018
How is disease resistance on the duchess of Oldenburg?
Yankee on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It grew without disease issues in an abandoned orchard, and is known to be quite cold hardy and tough. It was also long lived - 40 yrs at least

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Darn it!
I really liked this apple tree, it was growing really well, until the gophers ate the roots and killed it. yes, I would definitely get this again.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
apple cedar rust
this is the first year for the dutchess and of course i haven't had the pleasure of tasting her fruit, but i tell you she's not only a keeper, i'm buying her sister this year! my search for apple cedar rust resistant trees has been answered yet again...
thanks starks bros.
June 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Customer service was pleasant. My apple trees are still growing. They're doing good, as far as I know.
June 1, 2019
over 2 years ago