Freyberg apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Freyberg is a relatively unknown apple variety, yet it has an excellent pedigree - it is a cross between the English Cox's Orange Pippin and the American Golden Delicious, two outstanding but very different apples.

In most respects Freyberg is a Golden Delicious style apple - a green skin ripening to golden yellow, with lightly crisp cream flesh and an excellent sweet flavor. The flavor is however quite a lot more complex than a regular Golden Delicious, reflecting the aromatic influence of Cox's Orange Pippin.

Freyberg apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Freyberg apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
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How to grow

Freyberg is generally easy to grow, although it is somewhat susceptible to scab. It produces a small tree but like Golden Delicious, is very productive. Fruit size can be small but this is easily remedied by thinning the fruitlets in early June.

Historical details

Freyberg was raised in the 1930s by the famous New Zealand apple breeder J.H. Kidd, who also developed Kidd's Orange Red and Gala. Kidd did not live to see Freyberg (or Gala) but the seedling trees of many of his varieties were bequeathed to the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, which developed them in trial orchards. Freyberg was named in 1959 after Lord Freyberg, the Governor-General of New Zealand from 1946-1952. It is sometimes incorrectly known as Freyburg.

It is interesting to compare Freyberg with Rubinette, which is also the result of crossing Cox's Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious. These two varieties are therefore sisters, yet in appearance and flavor they are completely different.

Freyberg characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor quality: Very good
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: No discoloration (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: New Zealand
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Green - light