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Early Red Bird

A very early ripenning summer dessert apple with a sharp raspberry flavour.

Origin: Canada, 1850

Pollination: Early Red Bird is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Early Red Bird apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but it is available through our custom bud-grafting service.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later). You can choose the number of trees and the rootstock(s) you want the trees grafted on.

Read more about our Grafting service here.

If you wish to order a grafted tree of this variety please fill in our contact form in the first instance.

History and description of Early Red Bird

Raised by Francis Peabody Sharp at Upper Woodstock, St John'sd Valley, New Brunswick, Canada sometime from 1850's to 1880's. Probably a Fameuse x New Brunswick. Formerly grown in New Brunswick. Very early ripenning, crimson flushed fruit. Soft, juicy flesh. Sweet sharp with a distinct raspberry flavour. Very hardy, vigorous tree.

Characteristics of Early Red Bird apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Aug
Season of useAug
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Suitable forHardy
Pollination date4
Pollination groupB
PollinatorsPollination partners