Red Dougherty

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Fruit Fact: Red Dougherty, a variety of apples

Red dougherty is a New Zealand heirloom box lunch size apple whose claim to fame is to be the parent of the new Jazz apple and the splendour apple. Red dougherty is a disease resistant, long season apple that is spicy and interesting, and also happens to be resistant to the light brown apple moth. The disease resistance combined with its long growing season requirements make it an ideal breeding apple for Central California apples.

Variety Background:

Most Common Name: Red Dougherty
Species: malus domestica
Origin: Red colored sport of Dougherty, discovered around 1930 in New Zealand
Patents or Trademarks: None


Description: Small to medium lunch-box size apple, slightly ribbed convex shaped. The skin is striped dull dark red over a green background with occasional russetting, enclosing greenish white flesh.

Flavor and tasting notes: The greenish white flesh is fine grained and firm, with a pleasant spiciness balanced by plenty of sweetness.


Long season apple most suitable to climates with long growing seasons such as California, New Zealand and Australia. Red Dougherty is not a low chill apple.

Bloom Time Rating:

Growth Habit:

semi-vigorous in long growing season climates, but tends to get stunted in shorter growing seasons. Our grafts onto mature trees grow 3 feet in one season. It is a partial tip bearer similar to pettingill, more of a limbertwig growth habit.

Vigor: T2

Harvest, storage and consumption:

Precocious, regular bearer of late season fruit, ripens in December at about the same time as Hauer pippin and a bit before Lady Williams. Has excellent storage abilities.

Begin of Harvest: early Dec
End of Harvest: mid Dec
Stores Until: mid April


Mostly a dessert apple but suitable for both cooking and cider.

Eating: Yes
Cooking: Yes
Cider: Yes


‘Red Dougherty appears to be resistant to light brown apple moth.

Scab Susceptibility: Low
Fire Blight Susceptibility:
Powdery Mildew Susceptibility:
Cedar Apple Rust Susceptibility:
Black Rot Susceptibility:
Phytopthera Rots Susceptibility:
Fly Speck Susceptibility:
Coddling Moth Susceptibility:

Nurseries that carry this variety:

Not available in any US nurseries, but scion wood is readily available from various sources.


GRIN Cross-reference: PI 589708

Screening for resistance in apple cultivars to lightbrown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana, and greenheaded leafroller, Planotortrix octo, and its relationship to field damage

Photo Gallery

Red dougherty image from GRIN depicting fruit that are slightly underripe.(c) Photo GRIN