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Duck's Bill Apple

Malus domestica
Possibly an ancient variety with an unusual name derived from its unusual shape.

Origin: Sussex UK

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

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Duck's Bill Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden

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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