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Dabinett cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Dabinett
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 6

Dabinett is a classic English cider apple variety, which produces a "bittersweet" juice. It is also one of the most reliable and easy cider varieties to grow.

Whilst most ciders are created by blending different varieties, Dabinett can also be used to produce a single-varietal full-bodied medium-dry cider. It is therefore a good choice if you are only planting one or two cider trees.

We sometimes have a variant called Black Dabinett, named for its darker red/purple skin colour. This form is either a sport or a seedling of the original. It is slightly more vigorous and ripens a bit later, but the juice qualities are similar to the original.

Note that Dabinett apples are not suitable for eating fresh, they can only be used for producing apple juice and cider.

Dabinett cider apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG1Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree MM106 rootstock £44.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR3Spindlebush bare-root tree M116 rootstock £29.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR52-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR61-year bare-root tree MM111 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR71-year bare-root tree M25 rootstock £19.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • BR82-year (1.75m) bare-root tree M25 rootstock £34.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Dabinett is one of the most reliable cider varieties, with above average disease resistance.

The flowering data for Dabinett is quite variable, suggesting that local microclimates can have a big effect on it. It is basically a late-flowering variety, usually from the middle to the end of May. Fortunately it is reasonably self-fertile.

Dabinett is also a precocious variety, with fruit produced from a young age.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Dabinett originates from the traditional cider region of Somerset, England in the mid-19th century. It is possibly a seedling of Chisel Jersey.

Dabinett characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group6
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourWeak growing
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Leaf colourGreen