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Frequin Rouge cider apple tree

Gros Frequin apple
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Uses: Hard cider

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.

Frequin Rouge 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

How to grow

Frequin Rouge is quite easy to grow. It is regarded as susceptible to fireblight, canker and scab in French orchards, but the mild temperate climate of north-western France is quite different to the continental climate of much of the USA.

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

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