Ellis Bitter cider apple trees

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

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Ellis Bitter cider apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock
1-year Ellis Bitter cider apple trees bare-root
G.890 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Ellis Bitter cider apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


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

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
  • Fruit persistence: Fruit drops when ripe

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Very resistant
  • Scab: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Fruit color: Red striped
  • Fruit size: Large
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