Apple - Ellis Bitter

Ellis Bitter Apple

Malus domestica
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. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Ellis Bitter Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form Availability Price Qty required
MM111 - Vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




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.




Main characteristics of Ellis Bitter

Use Cider
Colour Flushed
Flavour Bittersweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep/Early Oct
Season of use  Sep-Oct

Tree vigour  Vigorous
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Tip-bearer
Cropping Biennial
Special features Good for Cider

Pollination date  20
Pollination group  F
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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