Michelin Apple Tree Overview
The Michelin apple tree is well known for being a great cider variety. In fact, it makes for a slightly aromatic cider with soft tannins. Moreover, the Brix is 12, with 0.23% tannin and 0.25% malic acid. Michelin is small to medium in size and has yellow-green color with red blush. Nursery owner Legrand raised Michelin from pippins in Normandy, France in the mid-1800s. Named after French pomologist Henri Michelin, it bore its first fruit in 1872.
Michelin apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The grows well in hardiness zones 5 to 8. This apple tree is small upright spur bearing tree. While it produces heavy cropping, it can become biennial over time. Produces better crops when grown next to good pollinators. The apples keep well in storage for one month, but have the best flavor after two weeks.
- Uses: making cider
- Taste: firm, sweet, tannic aftertaste, slightly tart, slightly aromatic
- Size: Small to medium
- Color: Yellow-green base color, with red blush. Flesh is cream in color.
- Hardiness Zones: 5 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – somewhat susceptible
- Canker – susceptible when grown in moist environments
- Harvest period: 4
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is small upright spur bearing tree. Precocious. In the beginning, tends to produce heavy cropping but becomes biennial over time. Can be difficult to prune because branches grow vertically. Produces better crops when grown next to good pollinators.
- Storage: Keeps well in storage for one month. Has best flavor after two weeks.
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