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Prairie Spy Apple Scionwood (Spring 2021)


A cold-hardy dessert and culinary apple from the University of Minnesota.

Very cold hardy, this tree is vigorous and crops reliably. The juvenile tree is upright, but it will develop a round-spreading habit in maturity. It is mildly susceptible to fireblight and scab, but resistant to cedar-apple rust.

Prairie Spy is a handsome apple that's great for fresh eating or baking, holding its form well in pies and storing well through winter. It is a large, attractive apple with yellow skin that is streaked red and speckled with pretty white lenticels. The creamy white flesh is firm and dense with an excellent, well-balanced flavor. Although its parentage is uncertain, it seems very likely that this is a Northern Spy progeny.

Prairie Spy was one of the first apples to come out of the University of Minnesota breeding program. Selected in 1923 and released in 1940, this apple was bred specifically for cold hardiness.

Volume Pricing

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Quantity Prairie Spy Apple Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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Clean vs Regular

Clean = virus-free in lab tests, suggested for grafting with some of the Geneva rootstocks, especially G.16 and G.935. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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Very cold hardy, this tree is vigorous and crops reliably. The juvenile tree is upright, but it will develop a round-spreading habit in maturity. It is mildly susceptible to fireblight and scab, but resistant to cedar-apple rust.

Prairie Spy is a handsome apple that's great for fresh eating or baking, holding its form well in pies and storing well through winter. It is a large, attractive apple with yellow skin that is streaked red and speckled with pretty white lenticels. The creamy white flesh is firm and dense with an excellent, well-balanced flavor. Although its parentage is uncertain, it seems very likely that this is a Northern Spy progeny.

Prairie Spy was one of the first apples to come out of the University of Minnesota breeding program. Selected in 1923 and released in 1940, this apple was bred specifically for cold hardiness.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking, storage
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: cream

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Minnesota
Introduced in: 1940
Introduced by: University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Oct 06 (approximate, in New York State) + 21 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Resistant
Fireblight: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

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