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Porter's Perfection apple

Malus domestica
Porter's Perfection
English cider apple. Cream coloured, flushed dark red. Bitter-sharp cider blending quality.

Porter's Perfection apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Porter's Perfection

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 Sep 2017  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 - Apple
    • Parentage: Unknown
    • Originates from: East Lambrook, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1907
    • Developed by: Charles Porter
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1989-102


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour: Orange flush
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Fruit size: Average
    • Fruit shape: Conical


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Juice style: Bittersharp (cider)
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Hard cider
    • Picking month: November
    • Picking period: mid-November
    • Specific gravity: 1054
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 5 (-29C)
    • 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: Good
    • Canker: Some resistance
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some resistance

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