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A crisp, sweet red apple renowned for its excellent keeping qualities.

Origin: USA, 1942

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

Idared 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 Idared

Idared is a Jonathan x Wagener raised in the USA by Leif Verner at the Idaho Agricultural Experimental Station, Moscow, Idaho and introduced 1942. It is grown commercially in North America, France, Germany, and to a small extent in England. In Austria it is used to make apple strudel.

A medium/large apple. Flat-round shape with a trace of ribbing. One-quarter to three-quarters flushed bright red with rather indistinct stripes on clear yellow. Very smooth rather tough shiny skin. White flesh tinged green. Crisp, juicy, and sweet with a vinous flavour when at its best but it can often be chewy and flavourless. To produce maximum colour the fruit should remain on the tree late. Keeps very well and hangs well on the tree until late autumn.

A spreading tree of moderate vigour. Good cropper but prone to canker and mildew.

Characteristics of Idared apple trees

Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeMid Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitSpreading
Disease resistanceCanker - Very susceptible
Mildew - Susceptible
Scab - Resistant
Pollination date7
Pollination groupB
PollinatorsPollination partners
Herefordshire Russet