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A truly game-changing cider apple. If you enjoy making homemade cider, this apple can be the star in a great blend — all of the necessary attributes are contained in this one bittersharp variety. It has high sugar, high tannins (which create a dry finish) and high acidity, which gives cider a nice tang. This long-lived tree produces up to 30 bushels of apples per year, and makes 2.74 gallons of juice per bushel. The fruit ripens successively and hangs well on the tree, which shows good resistance to apple scab and cedar apple rust. A boon for deer hunters, as this apple is very attractive to wildlife. A GLINTCAP Cider & Perry Competition Bronze Medal winner in 2017, and the likely successor to ‘Kingston Black’, the cider-apple gold standard. Cold-hardy to -32ºF. Ripens in early-mid October. Best pollinators: Honeycrisp, Cortland or Gala. May be covered by USPP #28,791 or other patents. Mayo cultivar.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Ripens/Harvest Late September-mid October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 3b - 6

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3B - 6
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Wanted to try a different type of Apple tree. Have several different varieties. Love Starks quality!
Marilyn M on Jul 7, 2019
For wildlife food and resistance to scab and fire blight
WILLIAM M on May 11, 2019
Wanted to try a different type of Apple tree. Have several different varieties. Love Starks quality!
Marilyn M on Jul 7, 2019
On sale, and we make cider
Aaron W on Jun 21, 2019
For wildlife food and resistance to scab and fire blight
WILLIAM M on May 11, 2019
Deer food
Dennis P on May 7, 2019
I enjoy making apple cider and the Franklin cider apple may be a way to improve my cider which I already thoroughly enjoy.
Paul T on Apr 30, 2019
I purchased a grinder and cider press. I have 10 Apple trees and wanted to add this one
Robert G on Apr 30, 2019
I???m a craft cider maker
Anthony M on Apr 11, 2019
Flavor and cold hardiness
Steven W on Apr 3, 2019
saw this last year, intrigued about cider from this tree
chris k on Mar 21, 2019
I am wanting to start a cider orchard in my yard.
Joe M on Mar 10, 2019
Great cider apple with extended drop time for deer to visit during the late season.
Dylan E on Feb 28, 2019
Seeking more flavorful apples for cider making.
Rick H on Feb 15, 2019
new hard cider apple
MARK A on Feb 6, 2019
Deer appeal.
Nicholas S on Feb 5, 2019
I am an amateur hard cider maker 20 miles east of Franklin. I had to check it out. VT pride!
Evan B on Jan 25, 2019
On sale, and we make cider
Aaron W on Jun 21, 2019
Deer food
Dennis P on May 7, 2019
What root-stock is used on the semi-dwarf?
OOLLC on Oct 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brian, We are unable to guarantee a specific rootstock in our Retail Department. However, our Customer Support Team might be able to help you determine the probable rootstock or rootstocks used on this year???s crop. Please contact us at 800.325.4180.
Are you going to be offering this tree again?
Thomas H on Sep 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we will have it in the spring.
Can a Whitney Crabapple pollinate this tree in Zone 6A?
Josh B on Oct 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, absolutely. They're a great pollinating pair.

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Stark Franklin Cider Apple
The trees seem to be coming along. Will have to see how they are doing and whether they will make it through the winter months.
May 27, 2019
5 months ago