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Michelin cider apple tree

Michelin
Michelin is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Uses: Hard cider

Michelin is a traditional French hard cider apple variety producing a medium bittersweet juice.

Cider apple varieties tend to remain in use primarily in their area of origin but Michelin was imported to England in the 19th century and is arguably better known and more widely grown in England than in France.

Michelin is a good choice if you are new to growing cider-apples, as it is partially self-fertile, heavy-cropping, starts bearing from a young age, and unlike many European cider varieties, tends to be a regular (rather than biennial) bearer.

Michelin 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

A reliable annual cropper, easy to grow. It is usually considered self-sterile but in practice seems to be partially self-fertile.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Michelin is thought to have originated in the 18th century in Normandy, France.

Michelin characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colorGreen - light