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Bulmer's Norman Apple on G.969 (Spring 2024)


A cold-hardy, bittersweet cider apple. Also known as Bulmers Norman.

Bulmer's Norman is a large, spreading tree, precocious and productive, that blooms late and tends to biennialism. It is susceptible to scab, but very cold hardy and has come through -40 with no damage. As a triploid, it cannot pollinate other trees, and two other diploid varieties should be present for full pollenization. This apple is used exclusively for cider; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

The mid-season apple is large and conical, a pale green with a slight red blush. It yields a golden, sweet, astringent juice that is quick to ferment, producing a bittersweet cider. Eve's Cidery writes: "Tannins are hard and can be bitter, and the fruit drops all at once, bruises easily, and doesn't hold well. Can make a solid tannic blending apple." (From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.20; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.22; pH: 4.09; SG: 1.046; Brix 11.3.)

Bulmer's Norman was introduced in England (probably from Normandy, as the name suggests) by the famous cider-making company, H. P. Bulmer in the early 1900s.

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Bulmer's Norman is a large, spreading tree, precocious and productive, that blooms late and tends to biennialism. It is susceptible to scab, but very cold hardy and has come through -40 with no damage. As a triploid, it cannot pollinate other trees, and two other diploid varieties should be present for full pollenization. This apple is used exclusively for cider; it is not suitable for fresh eating.

The mid-season apple is large and conical, a pale green with a slight red blush. It yields a golden, sweet, astringent juice that is quick to ferment, producing a bittersweet cider. Eve's Cidery writes: "Tannins are hard and can be bitter, and the fruit drops all at once, bruises easily, and doesn't hold well. Can make a solid tannic blending apple." (From WSU: Tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.20; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.22; pH: 4.09; SG: 1.046; Brix 11.3.)

Bulmer's Norman was introduced in England (probably from Normandy, as the name suggests) by the famous cider-making company, H. P. Bulmer in the early 1900s.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

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

Fruit Uses & Storage

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

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: green
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Normandy, France
Introduced in: early 1900s
Introduced by: H. P. Bulmer Company

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Sep 22 (approximate, in New York State) + 7 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: G.969 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (45% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 12'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Very Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 5
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? N
Ploidy: Triploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Dwarf (45% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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