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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 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 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

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly Oct
Season of useNov-Dec
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Pollination date16
Pollination groupE
PollinatorsPollination partners