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Reine des Pommes cider apple tree

Reine des Pommes is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
A traditional French bittersweet hard cider apple.

Reine des Pommes cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    B.118 rootstock
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Reine des Pommes is a well-regarded traditional French cider variety, producing a high-quality bittersweet juice.

It is usually a regular cropper, and easy to grow.  It flowers in the middle of the apple blossom season, and in its native area the apples are harvested in November.

If you are looking to add the fresh apple flavors of classic French ciders to your cider blend Reine des Pommes is an excellent choice.

How to grow

Reine des Pommes produces a tree of average vigor.  It grows with a spreading habit and the branches tend to droop downwards.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Reine des Pommes seems to have originated from the Ille et Vilaine department of Brittany in north west France, one of the main cider-growing areas.

Reine des Pommes characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colorRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeAverage