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Collaos cider apple tree

Collaos is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Hard cider

Collaos is a traditional Spanish hard cider apple variety, and a useful choice for European-style cider blends.  The small green apples produce a tannic semi-bittersharp juice.

The apples ripen late in the apple season, usually mid-October.

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    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
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    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Collaos flowers late in the apple bloom season, and is not a good pollinator of other apple varieties.

Although most of Spain has a hot dry Mediterreanean climate, roughly similar to southern California, Collaos comes from the region of Asturias which has a year-round mild wet climate.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Collaos is recognised as a traditional local variety by the Regulatory Council of Origin Cider of Asturias.

Collaos characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceGood
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome resistance
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originSpain
  • Fruit colorGreen