This French cider apple was first propagated in 1872 in Yvetot, Normandy and is named for pomologist Henri Michelin. The apple tree is actually now rare in France but has migrated to England and, along with the Dabinett, is a premier English cider apple.
The Michelin is a ‘bittersweet’ mid-season cider apple. It is medium sized and green in color but can blush to a pinkish-orange with sun. High sugar and tannin content is balanced by a low malic acid content. The apple typically is not kept or stored as most cider apples are used immediately.
The Michelin tree tends to grow upward on larger rootstock and must be pruned regularly to maintain proper height. The pruning will also help prevent biennialism though most cider varieties tend toward annual bearing.
USDA Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: B.118~ 18-21' or 85% of Standard; Semi-Dwarf
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 4, Late Mid Season
Ripening Time: October
Cider Profile: Bittersweet Tannin: 1.4g/L, Acid: .27% TA, Sugar: °Brix: 11.4