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Stembridge Cluster cider apple tree

Stembridge Cluster cider apples
Stembridge Cluster is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

A traditional English hard cider apple from the town of Stembridge in Somerset.

Stembridge Cluster produces a full bittersweet juice.

Stembridge Cluster cider apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
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How to grow

Like many English cider varieties, Stembridge Cluster has a tendency towards biennial bearing - in fact if you want to learn how to tame biennialism then Stembridge Cluster is the ideal variety to practice on. The key to managing it is to make sure it never over-crop, by ruthlessly thinning out the fruitlets in late spring.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Stembridge Cluster characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceAverage
  • CankerVery susceptible
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorGreen / Red
  • Fruit sizeAverage