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Bulmers Norman cider apple tree

Bulmer's Norman cider apples
  • Gardening skill: Experienced
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Hard cider

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.

Bulmers Norman cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    Dwarf rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock

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

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