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Duck's Bill



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.  Pollination partners

Duck's Bill 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-1Duck's Bill tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Duck's Bill tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Duck's Bill tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Duck's Bill tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Duck's Bill 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 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.

Characteristics of Duck's Bill apple trees

UseDessert
ColourFlushed
FlavourRich
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useNov-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
Cropping
Pollination date16
Pollination groupE
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners