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Dabinett cider apple tree

Dabinett

A classic English hard cider apple variety, which produces a full bittersweet juice. It is also one of the most reliable and easy cider varieties to grow.

Unlike many hard cider varieties which are best-used for blended ciders, Dabinett can also be used to produce a single-varietal full-bodied medium-dry cider.

Note that Dabinett apples are not suitable for eating fresh, they can only be used for producing juice for hard cider.

Dabinett cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890, G.935 rootstock

How to grow

Dabinett is one of the most reliable cider varieties, with above average disease resistance.

Production is towards the higher end of the scale for cider varieties, e.g. 35-40 tonnes per hectare in north-west France.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Dabinett originates from the traditional cider region of Somerset, England in the mid-19th century. It is possibly a seedling of Chisel Jersey.

Dabinett characteristics

  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourWeak growing
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Chill requirementHigh-chill
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899