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Porter's Perfection apple

English cider apple. Cream coloured, flushed dark red. Bitter-sharp cider blending quality.

Porter's Perfection identification photos

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Visitor reviews

  • 13 Sep 2017  Sarah M.,  MI, United States
    S. McGrath Fruitridge, MI Underrated cider apple. It is a bitter sharp, but the tannins are quite mild. Often listed as a "blending variety" because it can be quite tart if under ripe or grown in an unfavorable climate. It does very well here in west Michigan and similar climates (e.g. upstate New York), but I don't think it would do well somewhere cooler or cloudier, like Seattle or England. It ripens late season and must be held for a month before pressing. For example, I picked on Halloween and pressed on Thanksgiving. The green portions will turn gold in storage. It made an excellent, perfectly balanced English style single varietal cider, 9% abv. Tree is heavy yielding, resists everything, but is biennial. About 10% of the fruits are distinctively fused together.

Tree register

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United Kingdom



  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Introduced: 1907
  • Developed by: Charles Porter
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1843


  • Picking season: Late
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
  • Food uses: Hard cider
  • Juice style: Bittersharp (cider)


  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Porter's Perfection apple trees for sale:

  • Red Rock Orchards Ltd
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Where to buy fresh fruit

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