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Ellis Bitter



A traditional medium bittersweet cider apple widely grown in the West Country.

Origin: Devon UK,

Pollination: Ellis Bitter is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop.  Pollination partners

Ellis Bitter apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Ellis Bitter tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Ellis Bitter tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Ellis Bitter tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Ellis Bitter tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Ellis Bitter tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

History and description of Ellis Bitter

Believed to have arisen in 19th Century on the farm of Mr Ellis at Newton St Cyres, Devon. Grown widely in the West Country and Herefordshire. Medium sized red flushed fruit. Produces a sweet, astringent juice and medium bittersweet cider. A vigorous tip-bearing tree with a bienniel tendency. Fruit tends to drop as it ripens.

Characteristics of Ellis Bitter apple trees

UseCider
ColourFlushed
FlavourBittersweet
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeLate Sep/Early Oct
Season of useSep-Oct
Tree vigourVigorous
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingTip-bearer
CroppingBiennial
Special featuresGood for Cider
Pollination date20
Pollination groupF
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners