History: Tamia was discovered near Quebecois cider-maker Claude Jolicoeur's property in Charlevoix, Quebec in 2021. It was growing so close to his other variety Mustela that he initially did not realize they were two different trees! Like the rest of the cider varieties he has found in a population of local wild apples, Tamia is named after some local wildlife. Befitting this small, nearly overlooked tree with its little striped apples, its name is derived from the scientific name for the chipmunk: Tamia striatus.
Why We Grow It: We're glad Claude Jolicoeur took notice of this tree! The small green fruits are overlaid with a red blush and striping and can be pressed into a nice bittersweet juice. He is still assessing the full potential of this particular variety, but we are excited to offer it to any adventurous cider connoisseurs looking for a new Canadian apple to try out!
Photo provided courtesy of Claude Jolicoeur. Visit his website here for more information on Tamia.
Harvest: September - Mid
Cider Class (if applicable):
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4
General Growth Habits:
General Disease Rating: Unknown. This is a combined rating of how the cultivar produces and grows in our test orchard, along with the cultivar's known disease resistences/susceptibilities. Remember, just because a variety is susceptable to something does not mean it will get it. The microclimate, pests and disease present within your orchard/area will differ from ours too, creating a unique growing condition that may or may not induce certain pests or diseases.
Shipping vs. Pick Up
Shipping vs. Pick Up
CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.
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.
Size at Purchase
Size at Purchase
Our grafted fruit trees are graded into three categories, and the size includes the rootstock:
- 50-80cm whip: may have some minor branching, this grade is like a "b-grade" size tree in industry standards; we include in this price category trees that are over 1m but have some scarring or mild crookedness.
- 1m+ whip: may have some minor branching, aka feathering. This is like a typical one-year whip in industry standards.
- 1m+ branched: these trees must be over a meter and have 3 or more branches 30cm or longer, as well as a central leader. They are essentially a two-year tree in industry standards.
- For stone fruits only - 1m+ whip/branched: We have combined these grades based on the way these trees grow and are grafted. Plums, apricots, cherries, and peaches naturally tend to grow more vigorously compared to apples and are more likely to form larger trees with more branches. However, we only chip bud them so they are a one-year old tree by industry standards. Apples and pears are partially bench grafted, and using the knip-boom method the grading becomes more complicated, hence the reason they are split into different grades.
Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "to small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the trees are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.