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Ellis Bitter cider apple tree

Ellis Bitter cider apples
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Uses: Hard cider

Ellis Bitter is a traditional and popular English cider apple, producing a good quality mild bittersweet juice.

The fruits are relatively large by cider-apple standards.

Ellis Bitter 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
  • 3Large 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    Semi-vigorous rootstock

How to grow

Ellis Bitter is somewhat unusual, being a heavy-cropping and fairly vigorous variety but with a strong tip-bearing tendency. Regular pruning is therefore best avoided.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Ellis Bitter characteristics

  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourVigorous
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Fruit bearingTip-bearer
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • MildewVery resistant
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Fruit colorRed striped
  • Fruit sizeLarge