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List of apple tree varieties for making hard cider

Apple varieties including traditional hard cider and crab-apples which can be used for hard-cider.


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Varieties list

  • Cider apple tree

    Amere de Berthencourt

    Amere de Berthencourt is a traditional French bittersweet cider apple.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Arkansas Black

    Arkansas Black apple tree
    Arkansas Black is an unusual and attractive apple, used as a winter apple after maturing in a cold store.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Bedan des Parts

    Bedan des Parts cider apple tree
    A traditional French bittersweet cider variety, with some resistance to fireblight.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Binet Rouge

    A popular traditional French hard cider variety.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Bramley's Seedling

    Bramley's Seedling apple tree
    Bramley is the essential English cooking and sharp cider apple, famous for its rich tangy acidity.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Bramtot

    Bramtot is a traditional French hard cider variety, with a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Brown Snout

    Brown Snout cider apple tree
    A traditional English bittersweet cider apple.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Brown's Apple

    Brown's Apple cider apple tree
    Brown's Apple is a traditional English cider apple variety producing a sharp juice.
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Bulmers Norman

    Bulmers Norman cider apple tree
    A traditional English bittersweet cider apple.
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Burgundy

    Burgundy apple tree
    A mid-season apple variety with a good flavor, and good for juicing.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Calville Blanc

    Calville Blanc apple tree
    One of the world's great cooking apples, Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy tangy flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Campfield

    A cold-hardy late-season bittersweet cider variety.
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Chestnut Crab

    Chestnut Crab crab apple tree
    A large-fruited cold-hardy crab-apple.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Chisel Jersey

    Chisel Jersey cider apple tree
    Chisel Jersey is a traditional English hard cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Collaos

    A hard-cider apple variety from Spain.
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Dabinett

    Dabinett cider apple tree
    Dabinett is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Domaine

    Domaine is a traditional French bittersharp cider apple variety.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Ellis Bitter

    Ellis Bitter cider apple tree
    Ellis Bitter is a traditional and popular English cider apple, producing a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Frequin Rouge

    Frequin Rouge cider apple tree
    Frequin Rouge is one of the most important of the traditional French hard-cider apple varieties.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Geneva Crab

    A large-fruited red-fleshed crab apple, useful for cider blends.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
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    Geneva Tremlett's Bitter

    Geneva Tremlett's Bitter cider apple tree
    A bittersharp cider apple variety, found at the USDA repository at Geneva, but probably of English origin.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Gilpin

    Gilpin is a traditional American an all-purpose apple, an excellent keeper, useful in the kitchen and for cider too.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Golden Russet

    Golden Russet apple tree
    Golden Russet is an antique apple from New York, considered the best-flavored of American russets.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    GoldRush

    GoldRush apple tree
    GoldRush is a modern disease-resistant apple, like Golden Delicious but with a better tart/sweet balance. It is also one of the best new hard-cider varieties.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Harrison

    Harrison is a traditional American cider apple, noted for its excellent juice quality.
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Uses: Juice
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Awards: Slow Food - Ark of Taste
  • Cider apple tree

    Harry Masters Jersey

    Harry Masters Jersey cider apple tree
    Harry Masters Jersey is a traditional English cider apple variety, producing a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Hewe's Virginia

    Hewe's Virginia crab apple tree
    Also known as Virginia Crab, Hewe's Crab is considered one of the best varieties for cider.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Hudson's Golden Gem

    Hudson's Golden Gem apple tree
    A large yellow russeted apple with an excellent sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Jonagold

    Jonagold apple tree
    Jonagold is a high quality American apple, with a good balanced sweet/sharp flavor.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Apple tree

    King David

    King David apple tree
    A popular Arkansas variety with a rich southern flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Kingston Black

    Kingston Black cider apple tree
    Kingston Black is one of the premier English cider varieties and produces a bittersharp juice.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Lady

    Lady apple tree
    A small highly flavored apple variety from France, where it is known as Api. It is thought to be very old.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Major

    Major cider apple tree
    A traditional English bittersweet hard-cider variety.
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Medaille d'Or

    Medaille d'Or cider apple tree
    Medaille d'Or is a traditional French cider variety, which produces a full bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Mettais

    A high-quality traditional French bittersweet cider apple.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Michelin

    Michelin cider apple tree
    Michelin is a traditional French cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Muscadet de Dieppe

    Muscadet de Dieppe cider apple tree
    A very old French bittersweet cider variety.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Nehou

    Nehou cider apple tree
    An old French bittersweet cider variety.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Newtown Pippin

    Newtown Pippin apple tree
    In use since the 18th century, Newtown Pippin is a versatile American apple with a good aromatic flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Awards: Slow Food - Ark of Taste
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    Pink Pearl

    Pink Pearl apple tree
    Pink Pearl features bright pink flesh, and pink apple blossom.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 1
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Porter's Perfection

    Porter's Perfection cider apple tree
    Porter's Perfection is a 19th century English cider variety producing a bittersharp juice.
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Puget Spice®

    An unusual crab-apple, related to two mainstream apples, and best considered a bittersharp cider apple.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
  • Cider apple tree

    Reine des Pommes

    A traditional French bittersweet hard cider apple.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Roberts Crab

    An unusual red-fleshed crab-apple which has large purple fruits. The juice is a claret red colour.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
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    Roxbury Russet

    Roxbury Russet apple tree
    Roxbury Russet is probably the oldest apple variety originating from North America.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Saint Edmund's Russet

    Saint Edmund's Russet apple tree
    Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Somerset Redstreak

    Somerset Redstreak cider apple tree
    An English cider apple variety producing a very high-quality bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Stembridge Cluster

    Stembridge Cluster cider apple tree
    A traditional English bittersweet cider apple from the town of Stembridge in Somerset.
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Stoke Red

    Stoke Red cider apple tree
    A traditional English cider apple producing a bittersharp juice.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Sweet Coppin

    Sweet Coppin cider apple tree
    A traditional English cider variety, producing a sweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Transcendent Crab

    A large-fruited crab apple, cold-hard, and makes excellent crab-apple jam.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Vilberie

    Vilberie cider apple tree
    A traditional French bittersweet cider variety.
    • Pollination group: 6
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Crab apple tree

    Wickson Crab

    Wickson Crab crab apple tree
    Wickson crab is a popular crab apple variety which is also useful in cider blends.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 2
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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    Winter Banana

    Winter Banana apple tree
    A good quality American apple variety named for its faint banana-like flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cider apple tree

    Yarlington Mill

    Yarlington Mill cider apple tree
    Yarlington Mill is a traditional English cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.
    • Pollination group: 5
    • Uses: Hard cider
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile