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Redfield apple tree

Malus domestica 'Redfield'

Redfield is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Redfield is an unusual apple / crab-apple cross. It's key feature is its distinctive deep red flesh. The red pigmentation of the flesh also extends to the younger leaves and the wood of younger shoots.

The flavor for eating fresh is not great, but Redfield produces a particularly attractive red cider. Like Wolf River (its apple parent) it is also an excellent baking apple.

Redfield apple trees for sale

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  • 1Dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.41 rootstock
  • 2Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890 rootstock

How to grow

Redfield is cold-hardy, and easier and more reliable to grow than many red-fleshed apples.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Like many red-fleshed apple varieties, Redfield is related to Malus niedzwetzkyana, a crab-apple originating in central Asia and characterised by purple-red flowers, purple leaves, and red or pink fleshed fruits. Redfield was developed in the 1930s at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and is a cross between Wolf River and Malus niedzwetzkyana. The fruit size is larger than most crab-apple / apple crosses, as might be expected given the very large size of Wolf River apples.

Redfield characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesCulinaryJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 3 (-40C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourPink / Red
  • Fruit colorRed - dark

Similar varieties

  • See also Almata
    Almata is a red-fleshed apple, with an acidic flavor. The blossom is deep red.
  • See also Pink Pearl
    Pink Pearl
    Pink Pearl features bright pink flesh, and pink apple blossom.
  • See also Wolf River
    Wolf River
    Wolf River is the perfect cooking apple for the north - reliable, cold-hardy, disease resistant.