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Ellis Bitter cider apple tree

Ellis Bitter
Ellis Bitter is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Ellis Bitter is a traditional and popular English cider apple, producing a bittersweet juice.

Ellis Bitter cider apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
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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.

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

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingTip-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colorRed striped
  • Fruit sizeLarge