Vilberie cider apple trees

Vilberie
  • Gardening skill: Some needed
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Uses: Hard cider

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.

Vilberie cider apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Vilberie cider apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Vilberie cider apple trees bare-root
G.202 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


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.

Historical details

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

Vilberie characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 6
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Precocity: Precocious

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit color: Green
  • Fruit size: Average
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