Medaille D'Or Cider Apple
Malus domestica 'Medaille D'Or'
A robust and fine-flavored apple; this vintage French variety, originally introduced in 1865, is not called "Gold Medal" for nothing! The squat, gold apple shows a rose kiss when fully ripe, and also a fine net of russeting. The award-winning, "bittersweet" fruit produces a sweet, astringent juice high in tannins and converts into a cider with high alcohol content and a strong, fruity flavor. Per WSU: tannin (percent tannic acid): 0.82; Acid (percent malic acid): 0.32; pH: 4.09; SG: 1.059; oBrix 14.9
Wide, spreading, vigorous tree with good crotch angles. No resistance to fireblight, but resistant to scab. Late-blooming: flower group 5.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 4
Chill Hours Needed: Unverified; most apples require 800-1000 hours
Mature Height: 15'-18'
Sun: Full Sun
Ripening Time: Late Fall
Pollination: Bloom Group 5 Late; needs a pollinizer from Group 4. or 5
Semi-Dwarf Rootstock: MM106
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