Ellis Bitter is a very precocious variety. It forms a fine, self-sterile tree (a pollinator – another apple tree – is required) with wide-angled branches. It is a tip-bearer, producing bitter-sweet, large, conical fruit that is ready to harvest in late September. The fruit tends to drop when it is ripe. It apparently originates from Devon in the 19th century, from a farm owned by one Mr. Ellis.