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Stark® Franklin Cider™ Apple

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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
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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
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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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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.


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