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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.

Redfree identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 05 Sep 2018  Adam,  ME, United States
    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  Don,  MICHIGAN, United States
    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  Jim,  PA, United States
    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  Gil Schieber,  WASHINGTON, United States
    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  Matt,  WISCONSIN, United States
    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!

Tree register

United States


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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Harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • August  2015  - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States

2012 season

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


  • 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

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Offspring of this variety


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

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States



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

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