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Bulmer's Norman Apple on G.969 (Spring 2022)


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: 0
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

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Bulmer's Norman Apple on G.969. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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