Nailbiter Cider Apple


Nailbiter Cider Apple

Malus spp. Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Unknown parentage. Marlboro, VT. Matt Kaminsky, aka Gnarly Pippins, intro. Seedling apple found at the bottom of a steep roadside bank, holding its own among the pines and aspens.

Large conic ribbed often lopsided fruit looks similar to Black Gilliflower (aka Sheepnose) but with more vibrant coloring. Bright red wash atop a yellowy-orange base with a russeted cavity and scattered russet netting. Firm bittersharp flesh. “Savory acids and crushing tannins combine giving way to combustion on the palate with a unique, smoky bitterness,” said Matt. We are happy to offer another high-quality wild apple discovery from the Gnarly Pippins collection.

Blooms mid-late season. Z4. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½–5' bare-root trees)

209 Nailbiter
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All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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