Dabinett cider apple trees


A classic English hard cider apple variety, which produces a full bittersweet juice. It is also one of the most reliable and easy cider varieties to grow.

Unlike many hard cider varieties which are best-used for blended ciders, Dabinett can also be used to produce a single-varietal full-bodied medium-dry cider.

Note that Dabinett apples are not suitable for eating fresh, they can only be used for producing juice for hard cider.

Dabinett cider apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Dabinett cider apple trees bare-root
B.9, G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Dabinett cider apple trees bare-root
G.935, M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
1-year Dabinett cider apple trees bare-root
MM.106, MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
1-year Dabinett cider apple trees bare-root
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Dabinett is one of the most reliable cider varieties, with above average disease resistance.

Production is towards the higher end of the scale for cider varieties, e.g. 35-40 tonnes per hectare in north-west France.

Historical details

Dabinett originates from the traditional cider region of Somerset, England in the mid-19th century. It is possibly a seedling of Chisel Jersey.

Dabinett characteristics


  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe


  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some resistance


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F)
  • Chill requirement: High-chill


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899