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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 we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Early Red Bird tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Early Red Bird tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Early Red Bird tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Early Red Bird tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Early Red Bird tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

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).

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