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Bilodeau Crabapple

Bilodeau Crabapple

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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! 

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. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Highly vigorous and hardy. Scab resistant.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

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

Ripens: Early September

Recommended Use: Cider, fresh eating, jelly

Cider Properties:*
  • 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

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip: 100-200cm
  • 1m+ Branched: 100cm+ with at least three branches 30cm+
  • 50-80cm Whip: 50-80cm

*Information based on Claude Jolicouer's The New Cidermaker's Handbook

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