Redfree apple trees

Redfree apple tree
  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Redfree is an attractive modern summer apple, with a high level of disease resistance. As well as excellent resistance to scab it also has good resistance to fire blight and cedar apple rust.

The apples have a crisper texture than is normally found in summer apples, and can be kept in a fridge for several weeks after picking.

Last orders for delivery to reach us by 30th April

Redfree apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Bud. 9 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Redfree


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth
    Average to moderately vigorous.?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant?


  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters

Pollination guide for Redfree

Redfree is in flowering group 3. Redfree is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Redfree apple trees

Redfree is easy to grow and adapted to both cold and warm climates, but flavor is generally better in cooler areas.

Thanks to its unusual parentage, which includes a scab-resistant crab apple, Redfree is a good pollinator of many other apple varieties.

Redfree is one of the most resistant varieties to cedar-apple rust, and is therefore a good choice if you live in an area where CAR is present.

Historical details

Developed by the co-operative breeding program at Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois universities. Released in the 1980s.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Redfree'