An attractive, highly disease-resistant apple, ideal for organic growers.
Ellis Bitter Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)
A traditional bittersweet cider apple from England.
A precocious and vigorous tree, this early bearer is also a reliable cropper. It is resistant to mildew but susceptible to fireblight and scab. Thinning will help prevent biennialism. Ellis Bitter is a cider apple; it is not suitable for fresh eating.
Ellis Bitter is a somewhat flat apple that is streaked orange-red over a yellow background. The fruit has a short storage life, and it should be pressed within a few weeks of harvest. It yields a full-bodied, astringent cider that is high in alcohol. From Eve's Cidery: "Ripening in early September, Ellis Bitter is our main early season bittersweet. Heavenly sweet, ripe aromas backed by solid tannins. The tree is biennial in our organic production system, but when it crops it crops heavily with medium-sized fruit that drops in stages. We make multiple pickings of this variety for the best quality juice."
This variety might have arisen in the mid 19th century on the farm of a Mr. Ellis in Devon, England. It was quickly adopted and cultivated by commercial growers, including the famous H. P. Bulmer Company.
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Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Cold-Hardy
Fruit Uses & Storage
Cider classification: bittersweet
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: off-white
Origin: Devon, England
Introduced in: 1800s
Calendar & Geography
USDA zones: 4 - 6
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Sep 01 (approximate, in New York State) 14 days before McIntosh
Diseases & Pests
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Resistant
Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
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|Somerset Redstreak Apple||0|
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