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Michelin cider apple tree

Michelin

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

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $32.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11, G.16 rootstock

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.

Historical details

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
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Fruit colorGreen - light
  • Fruit sizeSmall