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Red Devil apple



Red Devil is a mid-season apple, notable for its distinctive red flesh.

The flesh is white as with most apples, but stained with red which grows inwards from the skin.  This is a characteristic sometimes seen in in its parent, Discovery, but much more obvious in Red Devil.  It is currently probably the best flavoured apple with a red-flesh - although there are several other apple varieties which have a far more pronounced red-flesh than Red Devil, they are generally of very poor flavour.

Red Devil is a popular garden apple variety in the UK, often grown for its attractive pink-coloured juice.

Last updated 27 Jan 2013.

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Current rating: 4.0 out of 5. Total votes cast: 4
 

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26 Sep 2010 
I have one tree of this variety. It bears heavy crops of fine, large apples which are generally pest and disease free, though (as stated above) it is rather troubled by earwigs. Apple sawfly does all necessary crop-thinning, and the few scab-marked specimens and windfalls are all welcome additions to the cider bucket! It's a great seller in the local organic market, although, personally, I find the sweet, strawberry-like flavour not really to my taste.


13 Sep 2010 
Red Devil resembles a sweeter, more intensely flavoured, slightly deeper red, larger-sized, Discovery apple. When fully ripe, Red Devil fruits become even darker red than the pictures above show. The flesh can be slightly red-stained, but the staining is not usually as extensive as many promoters of this apple would have you believe. The juice is indeed pink. Red Devil inherits most of Discovery's good characteristics - particularly disease resistance - but also inherits some of Discovery's tendency to attack by pests (earwigs and maggots), which can sometimes damage a significant portion of the crop. Unfortunately, pest attack seems to be common on many mid-season, highly coloured and highly flavoured "eating" varieties, so Red Devil is not unique in being attacked by pests.



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Red Devil is an attractive modern English mid-season apple, developed by the influential English apple enthusiast Hugh Ermen. It is notable for its attractive pink juice.

Red Devil phototape

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Discovery x Kent
  • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1975
  • Developed by: Hugh Ermen, a UK apple enthusiast
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1047
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1999-070

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Bultitude apple group: 6. Red flushed, smooth, sweet

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice distinctive pink juice
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks
  • Vitamin C content: Low

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Disease resistance

  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Bitter pit  - Some susceptibility

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

See also:

Red Devil identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Red Devil identification photos from website visitors


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Red Devil apples

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Red Devil apples

Copyright: S. Lampitt


Fruit tree register

Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.

The following Red Devil trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

You can also view these trees on a map.

United Kingdom

Belgium

Ireland



Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • 20th May  2013  - tree owned by Graham in Arkholme, United Kingdom
  • 3rd May  2013  - tree owned by Amanda in LONDON, United Kingdom
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Christina in SHEPSHED, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Carl in GOOLE, United Kingdom

2011 season

  • May  2011  - tree owned by Diana in HEYWOOD, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2011  - tree owned by Mickyfen in NORTHALLERTON, United Kingdom
  • 10th April  2011  - tree owned by Simon in MALVERN, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 13th May  2010  - tree owned by Cheryl in AUCHENBLAE, United Kingdom
  • 27th April  2010  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
  • 15th April  2010  - tree owned by Jimmy in DUBLIN, Ireland

2009 season

  • 9th May  2009  - tree owned by Cheryl in AUCHENBLAE, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2013 season

    2012 season

    • 2nd week September  2012  - tree owned by Carl in GOOLE, United Kingdom

    2011 season

    • October  2011  - tree owned by Diana in HEYWOOD, United Kingdom
    • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Judith in LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

    2010 season

    • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Jimmy in DUBLIN, Ireland
    • October  2010  - tree owned by Judith in LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    • 2nd week September  2010  - tree owned by Simon in MALVERN, United Kingdom
    • 1st week September  2010  - tree owned by Cheryl in AUCHENBLAE, United Kingdom

    2009 season

    • 3rd week September  2009  - tree owned by Cheryl in AUCHENBLAE, United Kingdom
    • September  2009  - tree owned by N. in CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom

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