Depending on the tannin and acidity of their juice, cider apples are divided into bittersweets, bittersharps, sweets, and sharps. Most cider orchards are a mixture of varieties, making a blended cider, but there are some individual ciders made - for example, Dabinett or Kingston Black. They have been traditionally grown in the West, where conditions suit them, and are particularly concentrated in Somerset and Herefordshire.
See our section on Pollination Groups to help you select your apple trees.
As the norm we use M106 (or "MM106") rootstocks for all of our apple trees, and sometimes the larger M25. These rootstocks were created specifically for use in the UK and produces healthy, heavy cropping trees for our weather conditions. M106 produces a medium sized apple tree, between 3 and 4 metres, which can also be trained into a fan, cordon or espalier. M25 rootstock will produce the 4m plus standard trees of a traditional orchard, where they would be planted between 6 and 8 metres apart. Please refer to our size guide for details.
All our apple trees are bare root. At the height of the lifting season there may be up to a month’s delay between placing the order and dispatching due to pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence, and the weather. Orders from March to September are confirmed in September ready for dispatch from November. Please note there is an overall minimum order size of £50.