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Redfree apple

A disease resistant summer apple developed by PRI.  The scab resistance comes from the incorporation of Malus floribunda, a crab apple.

Last updated 01 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 3.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 8

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05 Sep 2018 
One of the worst apples I've tried, and I eat at least one apple a day. Soft and flavorless. Maybe I got a bad batch, but will avoid in the future.

24 Oct 2017 
Picked mid August, ate some and made apple sauce . Enjoyed, good flavor and texture. Would recommend Redfree to others. Extremely low maintenance tree

21 Jul 2017 
July 21 and our Redfree apples are ready--crisp and juicy and just the right size for a snack. Many more than we'll be able to eat. My wife is going to dry some, and I'm thinking about getting out the cider press. I don't know what kind of cider they will produce, but I won't know unless I try.

23 Jun 2016 
I agree with the above. W.P is a better apple, but if you like the snaping texture of crisp (which it holds for a week or so) then this is fresh eating mild apple. Most importantly for me is the Scab resistance.

20 Sep 2011 
Redfree are nice early season eating apples. The flavor is balanced sweet with a bit of zing but very mild over all. The best feature of these apples are their outstanding texture when eaten out of hand. Redfree apples are a simple refreshing treat that has built disease resistance. I prefer William's Pride to Redfree. W.P. is also an early dessert-quality apple with disease resistance but seems to have something more to the flavor than just sweet. I say try both!

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Medium size, glossy fruit with 90% bright red color. Smooth, waxy, russet-free skin. Light flesh is crisp and juicy.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Raritan x PRI 1018-101
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1981
  • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1871
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1983-052


  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Vigour: Slightly large


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very resistant

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References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as very resistant - no control needed against CAR.

Redfree identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2012 season

  • June  2012  - tree owned by Patsy in Mont-Tremblant, Canada
  • April  2012  - tree owned by Steve in Ferndale, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • 4th week August  2012  - tree owned by Steve in Ferndale, United States

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