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Red Melba

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

A more highly coloured clone of Melba. Originated at the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Canada in about 1936. Introduced in 1940. Fruits have firm, crisp, white, juicy flesh with a refreshing vinous flavour.

Melred, Pate Red Melba, Platts Red Melba
Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Sport of Melba
Father to:

Accession No.
1973 - 161


Accession name
Red Melba (LA)
Flowering time  ›››
3rd May10% flowering
7th MayFull (80%) flowering
14th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid August 1

1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register