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Tremlett’s Bitter
Tremlett’s Bitter
Tremlett’s Bitter Cider Apple Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Unknown origin, but most likely from England.

Small-to-medium roundish-conic red fruit. A good bittersharp cider apple with lots of hard tannin.

Not the true Tremlett’s Bitter of 19th-century Devonshire. Some think it might have resulted from a grafting mistake and could be a mislabeled Skyrme’s Kernal. Now widespread in the U.S. and sometimes called Geneva Tremlett’s by the cider community. It may well be that no one in the States has the true Tremlett’s. One contributor on Cider Digest wrote, “The pleasant irony is that the mis-ID’d variety is actually a rather nice cider apple. I haven’t been nearly bold enough to make a varietal cider of it, but it’s a real help in a blend that needs a nudge in character.” Another wrote, “It is indeed a fine bittersharp and a fair cropper as well. ”

In trials here in central Maine. Stay tuned for bloom time and other stuff. Z5-8. Maine Grown. (3-6' trees)

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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination, but any apple or crabapple blooming at the same time, within a quarter mile, will probably do.

Planting distance depends on the rootstock:
Plant standard trees (A) 25-30' apart.
Plant Bud 118 (B) rootstocks 20-25' apart.
Plant M111 (C) rootstocks 15-20' apart.
Plant Bud 9 (D) rootstocks 5-10' apart.

Each apple variety has a climate range where it will thrive and produce its best fruit. At the end of each apple description we list a range of zones. For example, Z3-4 signifies that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 3 and 4 and that we don’t recommend it farther south even though it would be plenty hardy. Z4-6 means that this apple will reach perfection in Zones 4, 5 or 6. Although we have received reports from southern areas that some of our rarest Maine apples are thriving, we suggest you use this guide to select apples most appropriate to your area.

Varieties bearing annually are noted; others normally bear every other year. With diligent annual pruning and thinning, most apples will produce an annual crop, one heavy, the next light.

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