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Medaille d'Or cider apple tree

Medaille d'Or
Medaille d'Or is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Uses: Hard cider

Medaille d'Or is a traditional French cider variety, which produces a full bittersweet juice with a high sugar content.

Like many old English and French cider varieties it comes out of dormancy very late - in May, and the fruits don't ripen until November.

Medaille d'Or cider apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Medaille d'Or can be susceptible to fireblight - a disease which was unknown in 19th century France.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Medaille d'Or originates from the traditional cider-growing area of Normandie in north west France. By the end of the 19th century it was also being grown in England.

Medaille d'Or characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorBrownRusset