History of the Duck’s Bill apple
The Duck’s Bill was introduced by Fred Streeter, Head Gardner at Petworth House in 1937.
It is currently cultivated as part of Brighton Permaculture Trust’s National Collection in Stanmer Park, Brighton. You can see a Duck’s Bill apple tree (planted 2009) in Home Farm Orchard, Stanmer Park ( map).
Description of fruit
The apple is distinctively ribbed and flat sided, which gives it its name. Tall conic with prominent ribs on the body and at apex. The skin is yellow, streaked pink with a red flush. There are russet dots. There are other apples such as Winter Pearmain which have a similar appearance. Quite rich tasting, sweet, but with plenty of acidity.
Season of use
The apples can be picked in early October and stored until December.
The tree is medium vigour and very upright.
Flowering and pollination
Flowering day: F16
How to identify a Duck’s Bill apple
Apples can be identified by sending them to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale or by bringing a sample to Apple Day Brighton, where an expert pomologist will be on hand to identify apples. From each tree, bring three or more ripe fruits and a shoot with representative leaves.
Where to buy a Duck’s Bill apple tree
Please contact us for details of our supplier for Sussex apple varieties.