Ellis Bitter Apple Tree Overview
The Ellis Bitter apple tree is well known not only for its good disease resistance, but also for being a great early cider apple variety. The apple variety originates in Devon, United Kingdom on the farm of Mr. Ellis in the 19th century. In fact, it became widely grown by commercial growers in the 20th century because of its early cropping characteristics. After that, today Ellis Bitter apple is grown on commercial and traditional orchards especially in west England.
The Ellis Bitter apple tree is an early cider variety with harvest time in the early fourth period, usually in October. The fruit will drop from the tree when it is ripe.The tree is vigorous upright spreading tree and produces good crop every other year. Once they are ready for harvest, you can pick them and make cider! The Ellis Bitter apples are medium in size. They have bittersweet taste with low levels of malic acid and tannins. Grows well in hardiness zones 4 to 8 and has good disease resistance.
- Uses: cider
- Taste: bittersweet, juice is 0.24% tannin and 0.20% malic acid
- Size: Medium
- Color: Skin is yellow with orange-red striped flush, has russetted lenticels
- Hardiness Zones: 4-8
- Disease resistance: has good disease resistance
- Harvest period: 4
- Flowering Group: 0
- Cross Pollinates with: Chisel Jersey, Northern Spy to name a few
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous. Self-sterile, which means you need to pollinate it with other apple varieties.