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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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Cider Apple Tree 'Dabinett'
£22.95Cider 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'
£22.95Cider 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 'Herefordshire Redstreak'
£22.95Cider Apple Tree 'Herefordshire Redstreak'Dating back to the early 1600's this old English variety was at one time considered to be the finest cider apple. The medium sized red-streaked apples produce a bittersweet juice with a wonderful red tint. It is quite special for its high specific gravity and therefor high alcoholic content (11%). Heavy yielding but can be biennial cropping.Buy Now
Cider Apple Tree 'Kingston Black'
£22.95Cider 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
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