Shavel Sharp Cider Apple


Shavel Sharp Cider Apple

Fall. Bittersharp cider apple. Probably a wild seedling, Yarmouth, Maine, circa 1960.

In our ongoing search for bitter cider apples, this is a current favorite. Small (1½-2") red-striped fruit is very juicy, highly astringent and very difficult to eat. (SG 1.055)

Introduced to us by cidermaker Steve Barr who declared it the most bitter apple he’d ever tasted. It’s right up there. You should have seen his expression when Steve Wood took a bite at the 2014 CiderDays. It still makes me giggle.

We have multiple trees on trial. The tree may be a seedling or may be a rootstock with a failed graft. Our name for it is a combination of the current owners’ name and the farm’s traditional name. Scionwood made available through the generosity of the Shavel family at the old Sharp Farm. Uncertain bloom time. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)

250 Shavel Sharp
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250A: on standard stock, 1 for $30.25
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250F: on standard stock, 5 for $136.00 ($129.20)
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250G: on standard stock, 10 for $257.00 ($244.15)
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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

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