Medaille d’Or Apple Tree Overview
The Medaille d’Or apple tree is well known for being a vintage cider variety. In fact, it makes for a fruity and robust cider because of its high levels of tannins and sugars. Moreover, the alcohol levels tend to be high so it does not need further sweetening for fermentation. Medaille d’Or is small to medium in size and has yellow color with some russetting. Nursery owner Mr. Godard grew the seed for Medaille d’Or in Rouen, France in the 1865. Today, it is one of the most popular cider apples across the world.
Medaille d’Or apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. While the tree can grow well in hardiness zones 4, it does better in zone 5 and higher. The tree is moderately vigorous spreading semi-spur bearer and produces heavy crops each year. The apples do not keep well in storage. Medaille d’Or apple trees are susceptible to fireblight, but resistant to scab. It’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: making cider
- Taste: Juicy, bittersweet, makes for fruity and robust cider, high levels of tannin and sugar.
- Size: Small to medium
- Color: Yellow base color, with orange flush. Some russetting. Flesh is pale yellow color.
- Hardiness Zones: 4 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – resistant
- Fireblight – susceptible
- Harvest period: 4
- Flowering Group: 6
- Cross Pollinates with: Dabinett and Northern Spy to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous, small, spreading semi-spur bearer. Fruit tends to grow in clusters. Produces heavy cropping each year. May become biennial in not so ideal conditions.
- Storage: Does not keep well in storage.
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