Known for the intensity of its hard and bitter tannin, this apple adds significant body and texture when blended with other cider varieties, particularly a sharp or bittersharp variety. Fruit is medium to large with greenish-yellow skin and produces an astringent sweet juice which ferments rapidly into fine bittersweet cider. Originated in Normandy. Popular in England.
Choose rootstock type depending on availability:
Malus domestica Standard sized seedling rootstock. This is what trees were historically grafted on. These will be large trees that will grow for a century or more due to their cold hardiness and drought tolerance. Plant 25 feet or more apart.
M111 Semi Dwarf rootstock. 3/4 size of standard. A good compromise if you want a slightly smaller tree. Plant 15 feet or more apart.
M7 Semi Dwarf, Smaller than M111. Probably not as long lived, but produces sooner. Longer lived than M26. Plant 12 feet or more apart.
M26 Dwarf, Short lived (a few decades), fast producing, needs staked, not drought tolerant or as cold hardy, plant as close to 1-2 feet apart.