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Vilberie cider apple tree

Vilberie is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Uses: Hard cider
A traditional French bittersweet cider variety.

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Vilberie is a traditional French hard-cider variety, producing a very tannic but sweet bittersweet juice.

The juice would normally be blended with juice from other varieties to produce a balanced cider.

How to grow

Like a number of traditional English and French cider varieties, Vilberie is very late-blooming - in southern England or northern France it will typically flower in the last week of May. This can make cross-pollination an issue unless you have other late-flowering varieties available, although it seems to have reasonable self-fertility.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Vilberie is an old French variety, introduced to England in the late 19th century.

Vilberie characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesHard cider
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Fruit sizeAverage