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We will begin shipping bare root varieties in November. Order NOW to secure the varieties you want. Looking for a container tree and live in WI, IA, IL or MN? We have hundreds of varieties available and ready to ship immediately.
We will begin shipping bare root varieties in November. Order NOW to secure the varieties you want. Looking for a container tree and live in WI, IA, IL or MN? We have hundreds of varieties available and ready to ship immediately.
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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    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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    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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    Hewe's (Virginia) Crab Crabapple

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    Also known as the Virginia Crab- this prolific flowering crab apple trees produces bright yellow fruit with a blush of red upon ripening. Usually p...

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    Michelin Apple

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    The Michelin is a ‘bittersweet’ mid-season cider apple. High sugar and tannin content is balanced by a low malic acid content. Often mixed with Da...

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    Redfield Apple

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    A strikingly red apple that extends to not only the fruit- red flesh and red skin- but also the early leaves and blooms of the tree. These leaves ...

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    Stoke Red Apple

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    A high yielding true red English cider apple born on scab-resistant trees. It has a high acid content and adds a distinct tang when blended with th...

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    Wealthy Apple

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    Typically green in color that blushes red from bottom to top, this apple acts in embarrassment to those who have never tried its excellent qualiti...

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    Whitney Crabapple

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    The Whitney produces large crabapples that are blush-red over yellow. It’s one of very few crabapples that are sweet enough to eat fresh. It is als...

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    Yellow Newton Apple

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    Large, round, chartreuse with slight russeting irregularly spaced around the apple. The Yellow Newton is an old English variety introduced to the ...

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