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.
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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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Redfree was developed by the co-operative breeding program at Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois universities. It was known during development as Co-op 13 and was released in the 1980s.