Redfree apple trees

Redfree
  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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.

Redfree apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Redfree apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Redfree apple trees bare-root
G.222 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Redfree apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$32.00
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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.

Redfree characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Discoloring: No discolor (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

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

Identification

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