Malus Domestica Summerred or Apple Summerred is a hardy, easy-to-grow early season dessert apple tree! Developed in Canada in 1964 at Summerland, British Columbia, this deciduous fruit tree is a cross between the Canadian heritage apple McIntosh Red and the extremely popular Golden Delicious Apple cultivar.
In late April and early May, the pink buds open into fragrant white blossoms which attract bees and butterflies. The medium green leaves are up to 8 cm long, and make Malus Domestica Summerred a pleasant shade tree in the summer months as its fruits develop to maturity in mid-August. The apples are medium to large, averaging 170 grams, with an elongated shape similar to its parent Golden Delicious, and have a red skin speckled with gold on the side facing the sun, while the rest of the skin is greenish-yellow. Pick Malus Domestica Summerred from mid-August to mid-September for fresh eating or cooking, as it is not a good storage variety. The very white flesh is juicy with hints of strawberry, and its balanced sugar-acid ratio makes it a good choice for baking.