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Cider Apple Trees

Cider apples are not usually edible but are grown for the qualities of their juice and tend to be rich in tannins and sugars. The tannins adds bitterness to the cider and the sugar encourages fermentation, giving rise to strength. Cider apples can be divided into four groups based on the characteristics of the juice they produce.
 

  • Sweets are low in both acidity and tannins.
  • Sharps are high in acidity and low in tannins.
  • Bittersweets are low in acidity and high in tannins.
  • Bittersharps are high in both acidity and tannins.


Only a few varieties make a good cider on their own so cider is usually blended from several different varieties to give the best results.

 

We offer a range of traditional cider apples grafted onto MM106 semi vigorous rootstock. Trees will reach a maximum height and spread of 3-4m (10-13ft). To ensure rapid establishment, trees are supplied bare-rooted and will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to late April.

 

Don't forget to include tree stakes and ties on your order.  All young fruit trees require staking and for better establishment we strongly advise using Rootgrow when planting (as recommended in RHS planting guidelines).


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Apple Tree 'Bloody Ploughman'
£21.95Apple Tree 'Bloody Ploughman'First recorded in 1883, there is an interesting story behind the name of this well-known Scottish apple. It originates from the Carse of Gowrie where allegedly a ploughman was shot dead by a gamekeeper for stealing apples from the Megginch Estate. When the ploughman's body was returned to his wife she found some of the stolen apples in his pockets and got rid of them on the rubbish heap. One of the seedlings that subsequently grew produced apples that were blood red in colour and the tree gave rise to the cultivar that was named after the unfortunate ploughman. The fruits are crisp and juicy and when fully ripe can darken to an almost purple colour. The flesh is often stained red which makes it a good variety for juicing and it can also be used to produce cider. It is often considered a dessert apple in Scotland, but the flavour is not particularly sweet and in England it tends to be regarded as a cooker. It makes lovely apple sauce and beautiful pink pies and crumbles. The tree is disease resistant and hardy, performing well in colder areas of the UK.Buy Now
Apple Tree 'King of the Pippins'
£23.50Apple Tree 'King of the Pippins'An extremely versatile apple that can be eaten fresh, cooked, or used for making cider. The history of this variety is somewhat confused but it is thought to have originated from France in the 18th century. Eaten fresh the fruits are crisp and juicy with a very rich, sweet-sharp flavour. When cooked, the fruits keep their shape and are well suited to the French dessert 'Tarte Tatin'. The tree is highly productive, easy to grow and disease resistant.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Brown's Apple'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Brown's Apple'This vintage cider apple dates back to Devon around in the 1900's and is widely grown in the south west. The medium sized bright red apples produce a juice that is classed as 'sharp' and will make good quality single variety cider with a fruity aroma and little astringency. The tree is heavy cropping and can become biennial bearing if the fruits aren't thinned. Good scab resistance.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Dabinett'
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Dabinett'Discovered in Somerset in the late 19th century, this is usually considered the most reliable cider variety and is widely planted in the UK. The small greenish yellow fruits are flushed and striped red and produce a high quality full bittersweet juice.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Harry Masters Jersey'
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Harry Masters Jersey'Often known as 'Port Wine', this widely planted vintage cider apple was raised by Mr Harry Masters in Yarlington, Somerset in the late 19th Century. The small-medium sized fruits are flushed dark red and produce a medium to full bittersweet cider with a soft astringency.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Helen's Apple'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Helen's Apple'A new bittersweet cider apple from the Long Ashton breeding program in Bristol. The juice is sweet and astringent with low acidity. The tree is a very heavy and regular cropper. Resistant to scab.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'Discovered in Taunton in the late 18th century this vintage variety was referred to by the Victorian fruit enthusiast Hogg as 'the most valuable cider apple'. The fruits are small, dark maroon in colour and produce a highly aromatic bittersharp juice that can be made into an excellent single variety cider. It is not the easiest variety to grow and is a relatively light cropper but nevertheless is popular amongst cider enthusiasts.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Porter's Perfection'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Porter's Perfection'This medium bittersharp cider apple originates from Somerset in the 19th century and was incredibly popular at the turn of the 20th century. Good as a single variety but the juice is rather acidic and is best blended with other varieties to make a full bodied, vintage quality cider. Heavy crops of small fruits with a dark red flush. Resistant to scab.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Somerset Redstreak'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Somerset Redstreak'This very old Somerset variety is one of the main cider apples used in commercial orchards in England. It can make a very pleasant single variety medium bittersweet cider but it is best blended with sharper varieties to produce a full bodied cider. The medium sized fruits are very attractive, card red with striped marks. The tree is heavy cropping and comes in to production early - a year before most other varieties. Resistant to scab.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Sweet Alford'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Sweet Alford'Originating from Devon in the 1700's, this highly valued vintage cider apple is commonly used in commercial orchards and makes a good quality mildly bittersweet cider. The medium sized fruits have a golden-yellow skin with a rose-pink blush.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Three Counties'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Three Counties'A new bittersweet cider apple raised by the Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol in the 1990's. The tree produces very heavy crops form an early age. The fruits are golden, flushed with red flecks.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Tremlett's Bitter'New Product
£23.50Cider Apple Tree 'Tremlett's Bitter'This popular cider apple originates from Devon in the 19th century and is widely planted in commercial orchards. Described as full bittersweet, the bright red fruits produce a sweet, astringent juice that is full of bitter tannins. The tree is early flowering but the blossom is noted for its frost resistance. Heavy cropping but can be biennial if the fruits aren't thinned.Buy Now
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