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Mettais cider apple tree

Malus domestica 'Mettais'

Mettais is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Mettais is one of the few French traditional cider varieties that can be used for single-varietal cider, as well as blended cider and calvados. It produces a bittersweet juice.

Mettais cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    Dwarf rootstock
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  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Mettais blooms early, but is readily pollinated by other early-blooming apple varieties.

Like most French cider varieties it is quite susceptible to many of the apple diseases found in the US, particularly fireblight.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Mettais characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistancePoor
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorGreen / Red
  • Fruit sizeAverage