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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 a...

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    Binet Rouge Apple

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    Heirloom French cider apple.  USDA Zone: 4-8 Mature Height: G.969 ~15-17' or 65-75% of Standard, Semi- Dwarf Sun: Full Sun Bloom Group: 5, Late Sea...

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    Black Oxford

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    This Apple hails from Oxford County, Maine and was discovered by Nathanial Haskell in 1790. This very tree, still standing in 1907, is well known t...

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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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    Chestnut Crabapple

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    Created at the University of Minnesota in 1949 as a cold hardy apple pollinator. Its most famous off spring is the Wealthy Apple, also of the UofM ...

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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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    Grimes Golden Apple

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    Long known to be one of the parents of the prodigious Golden Delicious~ the Grimes Golden apple was originally discovered in an orchard in West Vir...

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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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    Kingston Black Apple

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    Small, juicy with some tannic acid giving it a dry-ish consistency, coarse grained, white fleshed, sweet but not too sweet, little to no tang, chew...

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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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    Puget Spice Apple

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    Description coming soon! USDA Zone: 4-8 Mature Heights: G.969~ 15-17' or 60% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf Ships Spring 2024 Sun: Full Sun Bloom Group: 3...

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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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    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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    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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    Wickson Crabapple

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    Bred on the farm of Albert Etter, a Californian Pomologist, in Northern California in 1947. Etter is famous for his cultivation of red fleshed appl...

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    Yellow Newton Apple

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    The Yellow Newton is a chance seedling from an older English variety brought to the US in 1755 by Dr. Thomas Walker. The apple grew well in Albema...

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