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Frequin Rouge cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Frequin Rouge
Frequin Rouge is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

Frequin Rouge is a traditional and important French cider variety. It produces a strong bittersharp juice.

It originates from the extreme west of France, in the region of Bretagne, but is used in all the French cider-growing areas. It is a required variety for several "appellations", including Cornouaille in Bretagne and Pays d'Auge in Normandie.

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

Frequin Rouge organic cider apple trees for sale

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock 19.45€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 2Maidentree on M116 rootstock 19.45€
    Medium tree (2m-3.5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 3Maidentree on MM111 rootstock 19.45€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Bare-root
  • 4Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock 19.45€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Bare-root
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Growing and Training

Like many French cider varieties Frequin Rouge is not particularly easy to grow. It is can be susceptible to fireblight, canker and scab in temperate climates. It also takes a few years for production to start, and it will readily lapse into biennial bearing - but if carefully managed it will crop heavily.

In traditional French orchards production on mature trees will be in the range 30-35 tonnes per hectare, which is above the average for French cider varieties.


Frequin Rouge characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Picking periodearly October
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Season of use2-3 weeks
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Food usesHard cider
  • Disease resistancePoor
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • Fire blightSome susceptibility
  • Country of originFrance
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red