Counting Machine Cider Apple


Counting Machine Cider Apple

Fall. Bittersweet cider apple. Gene Cartwright, Whaleback Cider intro, Fox Islands, Maine, 2019.

Discovered in a thicket of seedling apple trees on one of Whaleback’s fruit exploring and foraging excursions in the Penobscot Bay. Gene recalls the mother tree “had never been pruned, and in its wild state had a willowy growth habit, both spur and tip bearing, with soft, supple yellowish wood”bearing profusely in that abundant harvest of 2019.”

Small-to-medium round crabapples with thick skin, copper-orange over a yellow base and a bit of russet. Could be eaten fresh, but the mild tannins and complex floral aroma make this a wonderful cider apple. Growing vigorously in one of our central Maine nurseries and recommended for trial.

Blooms midseason. Probably Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)

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All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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About Cider Apples
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