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Three Counties cider apple trees

Malus domestica
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Three Counties is a modern bittersweet cider variety. It has a passing resemblance to Dabinett (one of its parents) but ripens much earlier - usually in mid-September.

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  • Maidentree on MM111 rootstock23.25€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
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The Three Counties cider apple variety is named after the traditional cider-growing counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire. It was developed at the Long Ashton Research Station of the University of Bristol in the 1990s, in response to demand from commercial cider producers for a cider apple that would ripen in September - much earlier than the traditional varieties. It is thought to be a cross between Dabinett - one of the best English cider varieties, but very late ripening - and James Grieve - a juicy early-season apple.

Three Counties characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Food usesJuiceHard cider
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourRed striped