The rock-star, cold-hardy apple from Minnesota.
Spitzenburg Esopus Apple Scionwood (Spring 2024)
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.
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Fruit Uses & Storage
Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow
Origin: Esopus, New York
Introduced in: 1790
Calendar & Geography
Diseases & Pests
Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
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