Ellis Bitter Apple Scionwood


Ellis Bitter Apple Scionwood

This is a twig for grafting. Early Fall. Medium bittersweet cider apple. Newton St Cyres, Devon, Somerset, England.

Particularly useful for its early ripening, adding valuable bitterness to early-season cider pressings. (SG 1.033-1.053, acidity 2g/L, tannin 2.4g/L) Blend with other early dessert apples or cider varieties.

Large oddly conic fruit, sometimes ribbed, mostly striped and blushed with red. White-fleshed, sweet, crisp and juicy. Soft, astringent, tannic. Still grown in England’s West Country cider orchards and now being planted in the U.S.

Fast-growing large upright rangy open vigorous tree produces regularly. Midseason bloomer. Z4.

833 Ellis Bitter
Item Discounted
L 833 A: 8" scionwood stick, 1 for $6.00
early shipment; order deadline has passed
L 833 B: scionwood by the foot (10' minimum), 1 ft for $5.50
early shipment; order deadline has passed
** Small & Light shipping applies if you order only items with stock numbers beginning with "L".
Click here for a complete list of qualifying items.

Additional Information


Scions are twigs, not trees. They have no roots and will not grow if you plant them.

The deadline for ordering scionwood is February 16, 2024, for shipment around March 11. (Please note: we ship scionwood only in mid-March. If you would like to order rootstock to arrive in the same shipment, select mid-March shipping when adding the rootstock to your cart.)

We sell scionwood in two ways:

  • By the stick: One 8" stick will graft 3 or 4 trees.
  • By the foot: For orchardists grafting large numbers of trees of a particular variety, we also offer scionwood by the foot (minimum order of 10 feet per variety). In our own nursery work, we are usually able to graft 6-8 trees from one foot of scionwood.

You can graft right away or store scionwood for later use. It will keep quite well for several weeks stored in sealed ziplock bags in the refrigerator.

For more info:
About Scionwood