Idared apple trees

Idared apple tree
  • Pick: Late-season (mid-October)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Idared

Idared is an attractive late-season American apple, with a mild flavour, useful for both eating fresh and cooking.

Idared is also an excellent apple for juicing, a quality which is inherited by Fiesta, one of its descendants.

Idared has exceptional keeping qualities, and can be stored in a domestic fridge for at least 6 months.

Idared apple trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Idared


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Idared

Idared is in flowering group 2. Idared is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Idared apple trees

Idared has some susceptibility to mildew but is generally an easy variety to grow, but is likely to do better in the drier eastern side of the UK.

It is fairly precocious and usually a heavy-cropper.

The blossom has some frost-resistance.

Historical details

Idared was developed at the Idaho Agricultural Experimental Station, 1930s. It is a cross between Jonathan and Wagener.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Idared'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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