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Amere de Berthencourt cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Amere de Berthencourt
Amere de Berthencourt is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Amere de Berthencourt is a traditional French bittersweet cider apple. The apples are mostly pale yellow, and quite small, with a very bitter flavour - they cannot be eaten.

Amere de Berthencourt produces a high quality juice which can be used to create a single varietal cider or blended with other cider varieties.

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Amere de Berthencourt organic cider apple trees - graft to order

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock 24.95€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 2Maidentree on M116 rootstock 24.95€
    Medium tree (2m-3.5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 3Maidentree on MM111 rootstock 24.95€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 4Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock 24.95€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Custom graft
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Growing and Training

Amere de Berthencourt flowers much earlier than most French cider varieties, but is readily pollinated by other early-blooming apple varieties.

The main problem is likely to be over-cropping, leading to biennial bearing is another issue - but this can be avoided by careful thinning of the fruitlets in early summer.


Amere de Berthencourt characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Season of use2-3 weeks
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Disease resistancePoor
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Fire blightVery susceptible
  • Country of originFrance
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colourYellow / Orange
  • Fruit sizeSmall