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Bulmer's Norman apple

Bulmer's Norman
Specifically a cider variety. Bittersweet flavor.

Bulmer's Norman apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Bulmer's Norman

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.

    Visitor reviews

    • 13 Mar 2015  WASHINGTON, United States
      Clearly not for fresh eating, this fruit is perfect to blend with.

    Tree register

    United States

    United Kingdom

    • Jon Yates in Aston, Stevenage, HERTFORDSHIRE



    • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    Harvest records for this variety

    2023 season

    • 2nd week September  2023  - tree owned by Will in Severn, Canada

    2022 season

    • 2nd week September  2022  - tree owned by Will in Severn, Canada


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: France
    • Introduced: 19th century
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1989-070


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Green - light
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Fruit size: Small
    • Fruit shape: Round


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Hard cider
    • Picking month: October
    • Picking period: late October
    • Specific gravity: 1053
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Experienced
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
    • Growth habit: Spreading / Flat-topped
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 3 (-40C)
    • 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
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very susceptible

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Bulmer's Norman apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Bulmer's Norman:

    United States

    • Washington

      • Skipley Farm, Snohomish        *** Feature Orchard ***



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