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Spitzenburg Esopus Apple Scionwood (Spring 2021)


An American dessert apple for connoisseurs. Also known as Spitz, Spitzenberg, Spitzenburgh.

This open, spreading tree is not easy to grow; it is susceptible to scab, mildew, canker, and fireblight, and it tends to biennialism without careful pruning.

The fruit of this problem child is, however, well worth the trouble; in Apples of New York, Beach calls Spitzenburg "the standard of excellence for apples of the Baldwin class," and it consistently wins the highest ratings from apple tasters. The mid-sized apple is a beautiful bright red that is speckled with yellow lenticels and its crisp, snappy flesh is yellow. Its flavor, an outstanding combination of sky-high sugars and acids, develops fully after about a month in storage. The complex, floral balance is described by Jacobson in Apples of Uncommon Character as "burnt orange, or Contreau, and (after some mellowing) lychee and roses." A favorite of cider makers, Spitzenburg is also an excellent culinary apple. It will keep well in storage through to spring.

Spitzenburg was a favorite apple of Thomas Jefferson, and he attempted to devote a significant portion of his Monticello orchard to it. It has been known since around 1790 and is a parent of Jonathan.

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. These prices are for regular scion. Add $1 for clean scion.

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

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$13.00 ea.

This is the full retail price for orders of 1 scion. You can get these scion for as low as $4.00 each – see Volume Pricing above. More about Pricing & Grading.

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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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This open, spreading tree is not easy to grow; it is susceptible to scab, mildew, canker, and fireblight, and it tends to biennialism without careful pruning.

The fruit of this problem child is, however, well worth the trouble; in Apples of New York, Beach calls Spitzenburg "the standard of excellence for apples of the Baldwin class," and it consistently wins the highest ratings from apple tasters. The mid-sized apple is a beautiful bright red that is speckled with yellow lenticels and its crisp, snappy flesh is yellow. Its flavor, an outstanding combination of sky-high sugars and acids, develops fully after about a month in storage. The complex, floral balance is described by Jacobson in Apples of Uncommon Character as "burnt orange, or Contreau, and (after some mellowing) lychee and roses." A favorite of cider makers, Spitzenburg is also an excellent culinary apple. It will keep well in storage through to spring.

Spitzenburg was a favorite apple of Thomas Jefferson, and he attempted to devote a significant portion of his Monticello orchard to it. It has been known since around 1790 and is a parent of Jonathan.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Heirloom, Cider, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, cider, baking, storage, canning
Cider classification: sweet
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Esopus, New York
Introduced in: 1790
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 7
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Oct 27 (approximate, in New York State) + 42 days after McIntosh

Diseases & Pests

Apple Scab: Very Resistant
Cedar-Apple Rust: Susceptible
Fireblight: Very Resistant
Perennial Canker: Very Resistant
Powdery Mildew: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Spitzenburg Esopus Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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