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Fruit Trees
Duck's Bill Apple

Malus domestica
Possibly an ancient variety with an unusual name derived from its shape which resembles a duck's bill

Origin: Sussex UK

Pollination:  Duck's Bill is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners



Duck's Bill Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
We currently produce this variety to order only through our bud-grafting service. You cannot order on line. If you wish to order please contact us using the messaging facility on the contact us page. Let us have your name, postal address, telephone and email address as well as which variety you would like us to produce, how many and on what rootstock. Bud-grafting is carried out in late July and early August. The trees would be supplied approximately 18 months later. We normally need to have received orders by the beginning of July. Please click here for full details of our bud-grafting service.




History and description of Duck's Bill

This variety was sent to the National Fruit Collection, UK in 1937 by Fred Streeter, Head Gardener ot Petworth House, Sussex. It may possibly be the ancient Sussex Duck's Bill apple. The name arose because it resembles a duck’s bill, being ribbed and rather flat-sided. Rich, sweet flavour but rather chewy flesh.




Main characteristics of Duck's Bill

Use Dessert
Colour Flushed
Flavour Rich
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early Oct
Season of use  Nov-Dec

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer

Pollination date  16
Pollination group  E
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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