Redfree apple trees

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

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

Mature height*
1-year Redfree apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
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1-year Redfree apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
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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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

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.

Redfree characteristics


  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • 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

Disease resistance

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


  • 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: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Red
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