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Michelin cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Michelin

Michelin is a traditional French cider apple variety producing a bittersweet juice.

Cider apple varieties tend to remain in use primarily in their area of origin but Michelin was imported to England in the 19th century and as a result has become popular in English-speaking cider regions as well.

Michelin cider apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M116 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £19.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

A reliable annual cropper, easy to grow. It is usually considered self-sterile but in practice seems to be partially self-fertile.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Normandy, France - 18th century.

Michelin characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthNovember
  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
  • Flavour qualityGood
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Juice styleBittersweet (cider)

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourWeak growing
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome resistance

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1750 - 1799
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourGreen - light
  • Fruit sizeSmall