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Cider Apple Trees

Cider Apple Trees

Our apple trees, like many fruit trees, are propagated by grafting. There are two parts to an apple tree. A Scion, which is the fruiting part of the tree, gives you the variety of apple, and the Rootstock, which influences its mature size, hardiness of the tree, and determines the time it takes for the tree to fruit. We sell Standard, Semi-dwarf, Dwarf and Mini-Dwarf trees that do not require a lot of space but will bear large fruit.

  • Trees must be planted in well drained soil
  • 6 hours of sunlight Full sun preferred
  • Stake all trees for the first 2 years. Dwarfs must have permanent stakes
  • Tree guards should be used
  • Plant at least 2 Different apples trees for Cross Pollination
  • Plant disease resistant trees for less maintenance 

For flavor profiles relating to the various Cider apples- we refer to the WSU Cider Performance Database. Cider profiles breakdown to four categories: Sharp, Bitter-sharp, Sweet, and Bitter-sweet based on the amount of Tannic and Malic acid present in the cider. Low Tannin and High Acid contend yields a Sharp flavor profile. High Tannin and High Acid profile yields a Bitter-sharp flavor profile. Low Tannin and Low Acid content yields a Sweet profile. Lastly, a High Tannin and Low Acid Profile yields a Bitter-sweet profile. 

We categorize our apple trees into four sizes: Maiden, Field Ready, Hand Select, and (3 or 5) Gallon Container depending on the size of the tree. Maiden trees are usually 2 years old and are branchless. These are also called whips and will bear in 2-3 years. A Field Ready tree is 2-3 years old and might have some lateral branching, be thicker above the graft, and will bear in 1-2 years. The Hand Select trees are only about 20% of trees we have and are 3 year old trees, 6-9' tall and can be heavily branched. You can expect fruiting on a Hand Select tree in about a year. 

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    Baldwin Apple

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    William Butters found this chance apple tree near Wood Hill (close to modern day Wilmington, MA). Research suggests Butters discovered this apple ...

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    Black Twig Apple

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    Unlike the name suggests, Black Twig apples are neither black nor are they twig shaped. Found by chance in Tennessee in the 1830s, this apple was ...

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    Brown's Snout Apple

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    Discovered in the mid 1850s on the farm of Mr. Dent at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, UK; this is another English Cider Apple. It is on the smaller side,...

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    Calville Blanc d'Hiver Apple

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    One of the oldest apples still in existence, the picturesque Calville has been around in France and Germany since the mid 1600s. The Premier Frenc...

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    Chisel Jersey Apple

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    Old English Bittersweet Apple. Cider is sweet with exceptional structure, astringency, sugar content, and little tartness. Apple is small, red, and...

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    Criterion Apple

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    The Criterion apple was discovered as a chance seedling near Parker, WA in 1968 and is descended from the Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and ...

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    Dabinett Apple

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    The Dabinett Apple dates back to a chance discovery by William Dabinett (for whom it is named) in the early 1800s at his orchard in Somerset, Engla...

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    Esopus Spitzenburg Apple

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    Dutch settlers discovered this apple along the Hudson River near a settlement called Esopus- hence its name- which stands about halfway between New...

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    Geneva Crabapple

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    The theme across this crabapple might be the darker color of its features. Dark leaves cover dark fruit which covers dark flesh. These richly crims...

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    Golden Russet Apple

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    An old American cider apple that is great for eating, dessert, and drying. The apple is medium to large. It has a sugary dense crisp flesh. Golden ...

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    Hard Cider Collection

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    The first apples brought to America were used for hard cider production. We offer a pack of 4 apples as a starter kit for hard cider production. Th...

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    Harrison Apple

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    The Harrison Cider Apple was lost to history until 1976 when a fruit collector rediscovered the tree growing next to a defunct cider mill near Oran...

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    Hewe's Virginia Crabapple

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    The description in William Coxe's 1817 book A View of the Cultivation of Fruit Trees describes it best: "The apple is of very small size; the form ...

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    Michelin Apple

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    This French cider apple was first propagated in 1872 in Yvetot, Normandy and is named for pomologist Henri Michelin. The apple tree is actually no...

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    Newton Pippin Apple

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    Description Coming Soon. Ships Spring 2023 USDA Zone: 4-8 Mature Height: M.7 ~14-16' or 60-70% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf Sun: Full Sun Bloom Group: 3...

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    Porter's Perfection Apple

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    Named for Charles Porter, a farmer in East Lambrook, England, and was probably known to the public- or at least the local agricultural authorities ...

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    Redfield Apple

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    First crossed at the NY Agricultural Experimental Station in 1938, the Redfield apple is a cross between the Wolf River and Niedwetzkyana apples. ...

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    Roxbury Russet Apple

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    First discovered in Roxbury- part of the Massachusetts Colony- in the mid 1630s; the Roxbury Russet is one of the oldest cultivars in the United St...

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    Spigold Apple

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    The NY Agricultural Research Station introduced the Spigold apple to the public in 1962 and is a cross between the Golden Delicious and Red Spy App...

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    St. Edmunds Apple

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    Discovered at the orchard of Richard Harvey in Bury St. Edmunds, England around 1870. Like many other older varieties, its parentage is unknown but...

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    Stoke Red Apple

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    Named for Rodney Stoke in Somerset, England- this is an old cider apple. It finally became popular in the 1920s though the tree was almost certainl...

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    Tolman Sweet

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    A New England heirloom whose early lineage remains a mystery. The earliest reports of its existence date back to before 1700. The medium to large a...

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    Twenty Ounce Apple

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    This American heirloom variety has been around since at least the 1840s. George Howland of New Bedford, MA exhibited this apple for the Massachuset...

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    Wealthy Apple

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    One of the earliest cold hardy varieties in Minnesota (though not from the University!). In the 1860s, Peter Gideon was finally able to cross his ...

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