Binet Rouge apple tree is an old cultivar from the Normandie region of France. It is a late bloom variety with a long bloom period. Therefore it can be a good pollinator for other late bloom varieties. The fruit is medium in size and the skin color is greenish-yellow with a red blush. Additionally, the flesh is firm, aromatic and bittersweet, with a pale yellow color.
In fact, the fruit of the Binet Rouge apple tree is considered one of the best bittersweet cider varieties. Consequently, cider makers use it for making Calvados (apple brandy) in France. However, the fruit does have poor storage quality and can be kept no longer than three weeks. Additionally, the tree has a biennial bearing habit. However proper thinning and good horticultural practices can help the apple tree produce a good yield each year. Moreover, the tree is susceptible to scab, powdery mildew, and fire blight. Lastly, it is cold hardy and can be grown in USDA cold hardiness zones 4-8. If you want to know more about growing fruit trees, check out the articles in our guide.