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Bedan apple

Bedan is a traditional French bittersweet cider variety.

Bedan apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Bedan

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Normandy, France


    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Fruit colour: Orange
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Small
    • Fruit shape: Round


    • Picking season: Very late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Food uses: Hard cider
    • Picking month: November
    • Picking period: mid-November
    • Specific gravity: 1056
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 6
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 5 (-29C)
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 6 (-23C)
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 7 (-18C)
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 8 (-12C)
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 9 (-7C)
    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 10 (-1C)
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average
    • Fire blight: Some resistance
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very susceptible

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