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Bulmers Norman cider apple tree

Bulmer's Norman cider apples
Bulmers Norman is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A traditional English bittersweet cider apple.

Bulmers Norman cider apple trees for sale

  • Large 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    MM.111 rootstock
Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022, but you can pre-order now.


H.P. Bulmer is a long-established English cider manufacturer. From traditional beginnings in the 19th century it is now the largest cider brand in the UK. The company played an active role in the development of English cider, including investing in orchards, production techniques and different varieties. Bulmers Norman is one of their "in-house" varieties, although as the name suggests it almost certainly originates from the region of Normandy in France.

Bulmers Norman produces a bittersweet juice.

How to grow

Bulmers Norman is more cold-hardy than many European cider apple varieties. The main horticultural difficulty is its tendency to become biennial - this can be alleviated by ensuring it is not allowed to set too heavy a crop.

Bulmers Norman is a triploid variety, and produces a large and vigorous tree.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Bulmers Norman characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceAverage
  • ScabVery susceptible
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(3) -40F / -40C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorGreen - light
  • Fruit sizeSmall