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Bilodeau Crabapple

Bilodeau Crabapple

For the most up-to-date information see Claude Jolicoeur's website here!

History: Bilodeau has a bit of a messy history. This mystery crabapple was mislabeled at a Quebec nursery in the 1980s and sold to an unknowing customer named Claude Bilodeau who thought he was purchasing a pear tree. Later on Claude Jolicoeur, well-known Quebecois cider-maker and pomologist, took a cutting from this tree and found that the fruit (definitely not a pear!) was excellent for making cider. Since it is still a mystery what the original variety was, the crabapple has since been named Bilodeau by Jolicoeur after the owner of the tree.

Why We Grow It: Bilodeau is quite the happy accident! This bittersharp cider apple has excellent cider-making qualities and, unlike most crabapples, is also great when eaten fresh or made into jelly! 

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Class: Bittersharp
Sugar: Very High, SG 1.070
Acidity: Very High, TA 12.8 g/L
Tannins: Low, <1.5 g/L
Juice Yield: Medium to High
Recommendations: Pairs well with Douce de Charlevoix, can be made into a single-variety cider in years where the acidity is lower

Fruit Size: Small

Storage:

Harvest: Early September

Cider Class (if applicable): Class: Bittersharp
Sugar: Very High, SG 1.070
Acidity: Very High, TA 12.8 g/L
Tannins: Low, <1.5 g/L
Juice Yield: Medium to High
Recommendations: Pairs well with Douce de Charlevoix, can be made into a single-variety cider in years where the acidity is lower
*Information based on Claude Jolicoeur's The New Cidermaker's Handbook

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions.

Flowering Time:

Bloom Colour: White

Pollination Requirements: Triploid, requires two pollinators of different non-triploid apple varieties that bloom around the same time

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Vigorous and hardy. Scab resistant.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

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Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

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