Russell is a pure West Indian type and one of the oldest varieties in Florida.
The original tree was planted in 1880 from a seed brought from Cuba, on the property of John Russell in Islemorada, Florida.
It was later killed in the 1935 Hurricane but not before Budwood was taken earlier that same year and top-worked to a tree in Homestead. Whereafter, ‘Russell’ became a somewhat common nursery tree for backyard growers.
Its shape is rather distinctive, pyriform with a characteristically very long neck. The skin is green and flesh yellow, with a mild flavor and containing a small seed.
Russell trees produce A-type flowers, bear well and typically mature their fruit from August to September.
Race: West Indian
Flower type: A
Country: Florida - USA