History: A traditional French cider apple grown in Normandy, it is one of the varieties approved by the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée for use in cider production in the region.
Why We Grow It: This apple produces an aromatic, bittersweet juice that can be used in cider and apple brandy. Although it only bears fruit every other year, it produces a considerable crop in a single season. It is also a great pollinator for other varieties due to its long blooming time.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
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: Somewhat vigorous, has very heavy crops every other year. Susceptible to scab, mildew, and fireblight but very resistant to canker.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time, an excellent pollinator due to its long blooming period
Flowering Time: Middle
Ripens: Late October
Storage: Keeps less than a month when stored in cool humid conditions
Recommended Use: Cider
- Class: Bittersweet
- Sugar: Medium, SG 1.0577
- Acidity: Low
- Tannins: High
- Juice Yield: Low
Taste: Makes an aromatic juice
- Recommendations: Can also be used to make apple brandy
Size including roots:
- 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
- 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- B grade less than 100 cm
*Information based on Dr. N. Rothwell's Hard Cider Varieties Suitable for Northern Michigan