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Ellis Bitter Apple Scionwood (Spring 2024)


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 typically used for 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.

Volume Pricing

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Quantity Ellis Bitter Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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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 typically used for 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.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider
Cider classification: bittersweet
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: off-white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Devon, England
Introduced in: 1800s
Introduced by:

The Environment

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
Fireblight: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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