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Frequin Rouge cider apple tree

Frequin Rouge
Frequin Rouge is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Frequin Rouge is one of the most important of the traditional French hard-cider apple varieties.

Frequin Rouge cider apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
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Frequin Rouge is a traditional and important French cider variety. It produces a strong bittersharp juice.

It originates from the extreme west of France, in the region of Bretagne, but is used in all the French cider-growing areas. It is a required variety for several "appellations", including Cornouaille in Bretagne and Pays d'Auge in Normandie.

How to grow

Like many French cider varieties Frequin Rouge is not particularly easy to grow. It is can be susceptible to fireblight, canker and scab in temperate climates. It also takes a few years for production to start, and it will readily lapse into biennial bearing - but if carefully managed it will crop heavily.

In traditional French orchards production on mature trees will be in the range 30-35 tonnes per hectare, which is above the average for French cider varieties.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Frequin Rouge characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistancePoor
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red