Sunrise apple trees

  • Pick: Early-season (late August)
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 
  • Pollination partners

Sunrise is an excellent modern summer apple, ripening at the end of August.

Although descended from two notably sweet North American varieties, McIntosh and Golden Delicious, Sunrise is quite different. It is distinctly crisp to the bite, and the flavour is fairly sharp and tangy - but still sweeter than many other early varieties.

Unlike many early-season apple varieties, Sunrise will keep for up to a week in a fridge. The apples will also hang on the tree over a period of 2-3 weeks without becoming overripe, allowing you to pick them as you need them. If you have a surplus try juicing the apples - Sunrise makes a good sweet/sharp juice.

Sunrise 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.

Alternatives to Sunrise apple trees

Summary features of Sunrise


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?


  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week
    Must be kept in the fridge.?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
    Produces a well-balanced sweet/sharp juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


Pollination guide for Sunrise

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

How to grow Sunrise apple trees

Sunrise is a heavy-cropping variety which is easy to grow.

Historical details

Developed at the Summerland Research Station in Canada in the 1990s, Sunrise is related to McIntosh and Golden Delicious.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Sunrise'

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