Redfield apple trees

Malus domestica x Malus niedzwetzkyana 'Redfield'

Redfield apple
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice

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

Mature height*
1-year Redfield apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
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1-year Redfield apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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1-year Redfield apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
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How to grow

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

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Like many red-fleshed apple varieties, Redfield is related to Malus niedzwetzkyana, a species of 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


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Cooking Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Juice style: Sharper
  • Juice color: Pale red


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average


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


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Red - dark
  • Fruit size: Average

Similar varieties

  • 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.
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