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Tremlett's Bitter apple

Tremlett's Bitter

Tremlett's Bitter is a popular English bittersweet cider variety.

Many growers and nurseries in the USA have taken scionwood from a Tremlett's Bitter tree held at the USDA repository at Geneva, NY. However it has recently been found that this tree was mis-cataloged, and is not the English variety.  Although they are both red apples the differences are quite obvious in photos. The Geneva variety has therefore become known as Geneva Tremlett's, and produces a good quality bittersharp juice (whereas the English variety is a bittersweet).

Tremlett's Bitter apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Tremlett's Bitter

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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    • Fiona in Mt Barker, WA
    • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    New Zealand

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2016 season

    • 21st May  2016  - tree owned by Eric in , United Kingdom

    2015 season

    • 4th May  2015  - tree owned by Michael in Glen Rock, United States

    2014 season

    • 16th May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in Glen Rock, United States

    2011 season

    • May  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 4th week October  2013  - tree owned by Alison in Albion, United States

    2011 season

    • 4th week September  2011  - tree owned by v in Lucknow, Canada


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: Late 19th century
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1989-117


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Rarely grown
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Late
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Juice style: Bittersweet (cider)
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Persistent
    • Food uses: Hard cider
    • Picking period: early October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)

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