Amere de Berthencourt cider apple tree
Malus domestica 'Amere de Berthencourt'
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 2
- Uses: Hard cider
Amere de Berthencourt is a traditional French bittersweet cider apple.
Amere de Berthencourt cider apple trees for sale
Small 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
We are now accepting pre-orders for the spring 2024 planting season.
Amere de Berthencourt is a traditional French bittersweet cider apple. The apples are mostly yellow, and quite small, with a very bitter flavor - they cannot be eaten.
Amere de Berthencourt produces a high quality juice which can be used to create a single varietal cider or blended with other cider varieties.
How to grow
Amere de Berthencourt flowers much earlier than most French cider varieties, but is readily pollinated by other early-blooming apple varieties.
Like many French cider apple varieties, Amere de Berthencourt is susceptible to many of the diseases found in the US, particularly fireblight.
Biennial bearing is another issue - but this can be avoided by careful thinning of the fruitlets in early summer.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Amere de Berthencourt comes from the traditional cider growing area around the town of Berthencourt in Normandy. In English its name means "the bitter apple from Berthencourt".
Amere de Berthencourt characteristics
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group2
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
- Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- UsesHard cider
- Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
- Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
- General resistancePoor
- FireblightVery susceptible
- CankerSome susceptibility
- ScabSome susceptibility
- MildewSome susceptibility
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C(8) 10F / -12C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
- Country of originFrance
- Period of origin1850 - 1899
- Flesh colourWhite
- Fruit colorYellow / Orange
- Fruit sizeSmall