Chisel Jersey Apple Tree Overview
The Chisel Jersey apple tree is an excellent cider apple variety with origins in Somerset, England. In fact, the name “jersey” is used for bittersweet cider apples in Somerset. Moreover, the name “Chisel” comes from the old word “chesil” which means pebble. This is in regards to the apple’s small size, hardness and russetted skin. Chisel Jersey has origins in the 19th century, but not until mid 20th century it became widely grown in commercial orchards in Somerset and Dorset. Research coming from Long Ashton Research Station indicates that Chisel Jersey is a parent of Dabinett, a commercially successfull apple variety.
Chisel Jersey apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The tree can grow well in hardiness zones 5 to 9. The tree is vigorous upright spreading tree and produces good crop every other year. Fruit drops when ripe. After harvest, does not store well. Chisel Jersey apple trees are susceptible to disease. It’s self-sterile. Is a good source of pollen.
- Uses: making cider
- Taste: bittersweet, high in tannins/sugars, and low in malic acid
- Size: Medium
- Color: Green base color covered in red flush. Has russetting at the stem.
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9
- Disease resistance
- Harvest period: 5
- Flowering Group: 6
- Cross Pollinates with: Brown Snout and Northern Spy to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous. Upright spreading tree. Produces best crop every other year. Precocious. Fruit drops when ripe.
- Storage: Does not keep well. Best to use right after harvest.