Mettais cider apple tree is one of the few French traditional cider varieties that can be used for single-varietal cider, as well as blended cider. The Mettais apple tree produces a "bittersweet" juice. The noted French professor Warcollier of the historic pomological research institute in Caen spoke of Mettais cider tree as being an apple possessing "a sweet mellow nature that softened its agreeable astringency and that its delicate aroma and attractive colour combined to provide a product of the highest quality". Please see below for further information on our organically grown Mettais apple trees for sale.
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: France 1850's
Storage:A few weeks
Rootstock:MM 111 (semi-dwarf)
Years to Bear:2-4 years
Water Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Basic idea for Pruning: Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note: Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.