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, which refers to the apple’s small size, hardness and russeted skin. Chisel Jersey has origins in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that it became widely grown in commercial orchards in Somerset and Dorset. Moreover, research from Long Ashton Research Station indicates that Chisel Jersey is a parent of the famous Dabinett, a commercially successful 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. Moreover, it is vigorous and upright spreading. It produces good crop every other year. When the fruit is ripe, it will drop. However after harvest, it does not store well. The Chisel Jersey apple trees is susceptible to diseases. Even though it is self-sterile it is a good source of pollen for other trees.
- 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, precocious, spreading tree. Produces its best crop every other year. Fruit drops when ripe.
- Storage: Does not keep well. Best to use right after harvest.