Redfree Apple Tree Overview
If you would like a disease resistant variety that is easy to grow and produces beautiful glossy bright red apples in the summertime, then the Redfree apple tree is for you! It matures in August and has a firm crisp texture and mild flavor and acidity which makes it perfect for cooking. In contrast to other summer apples, you can store Redfree for up to 2 months without it losing its flavor. Moreover, the Redfree apple tree is resistant to scab, cedar apple rust, and fireblight which will make your life much easier.
In fact, the joint program between Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois, and the University of New Jersey (U.S.A.) developed about 50 apple trees resistant to scab, of which Redfree is the 6th. They used Raritan as the the seed parent and combined it with pollen from parents which include Melba, Wealthy, Starr, Glengyle Red, Jonathan and Malus floribunda 821. Although they developed it in 1965, they didn’t introduce it until 1981. Because PRI developed it in the Midwest, it will also grow well there. In order to ensure vibrant growth though, be sure to also water in the first year deeply every 7-10 days in warm dry weather.
- Uses: Great for cooking and a perfect size for a fresh snack.
- Taste: Firm, crisp, juicy, with a mildly flavor and acidity.
- Size: Medium to large sized
- Color: Beautiful glossy bright red with a pale green base and a cream colored flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 4-8
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – Very resistant
- Mildew – Some resistance
- Fireblight – Some resistance
- Cedar apple rust – Very resistant
- Harvest period: August
- Flowering Group: 2
- Cross pollinates with: Nova Spy, Northern Spy, Wolf River, to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous and upright. It will produce moderate amount of crops annually.
- Storage: Can keep for up to two months in cold storage.