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Sweet Sixteen Apple on B.9 (Spring 2021)


A high-quality, cold-hardy, disease-resistant dessert apple with a unique flavor. Also known as MN 1630.

Sweet Sixteen is a great choice for northern climates: it is cold hardy to zone 3 and somewhat resistant to fireblight, scab, and cedar-apple rust. The tree has a vigorous, upright habit that is generally easy to manage, and it is a reliable annual cropper.

This apple is one of our favorites in the U-pick orchard. Over the years it has steadily acquired a loyal following as more and more of our customers fall in love with the unique flavor of Sweet Sixteen. While Honeycrisp wins for texture, I would say that Sweet Sixteen is the most remarkable of the modern apples in terms of flavor. The apple is medium-large, blushed and striped rose-red, and speckled with pale lenticels. The flesh is crisp and distinctly yellow, almost golden. Although it has enough acid in it to be well balanced, attempts to describe the flavor of Sweet Sixteen almost always resort to comparisons from the candy aisle. Sweet Sixteen tastes like bubblegum and cherry Life Savers say some tasters. We say it tastes like raspberry Twizzlers. The sweetness is "showy," and needless to say, children love this apple. While it stores passably for about six weeks, Sweet Sixteen is best eaten fresh off the tree.

A cross of Northern Spy and MN 447 (open-pollinated Malinda), Sweet Sixteen gets its cold hardiness from both parents. It was developed by the famed and talented plant breeder W. H. Alderman, who once wrote "Science may accelerate natural cycles to some extent, but breeding, selecting, and testing new fruits is not a job for the impatient." Given that Sweet Sixteen was released in 1974 and is only now starting to gain recognition, truer words could not have been said.

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Sweet Sixteen is a great choice for northern climates: it is cold hardy to zone 3 and somewhat resistant to fireblight, scab, and cedar-apple rust. The tree has a vigorous, upright habit that is generally easy to manage, and it is a reliable annual cropper.

This apple is one of our favorites in the U-pick orchard. Over the years it has steadily acquired a loyal following as more and more of our customers fall in love with the unique flavor of Sweet Sixteen. While Honeycrisp wins for texture, I would say that Sweet Sixteen is the most remarkable of the modern apples in terms of flavor. The apple is medium-large, blushed and striped rose-red, and speckled with pale lenticels. The flesh is crisp and distinctly yellow, almost golden. Although it has enough acid in it to be well balanced, attempts to describe the flavor of Sweet Sixteen almost always resort to comparisons from the candy aisle. Sweet Sixteen tastes like bubblegum and cherry Life Savers say some tasters. We say it tastes like raspberry Twizzlers. The sweetness is "showy," and needless to say, children love this apple. While it stores passably for about six weeks, Sweet Sixteen is best eaten fresh off the tree.

A cross of Northern Spy and MN 447 (open-pollinated Malinda), Sweet Sixteen gets its cold hardiness from both parents. It was developed by the famed and talented plant breeder W. H. Alderman, who once wrote "Science may accelerate natural cycles to some extent, but breeding, selecting, and testing new fruits is not a job for the impatient." Given that Sweet Sixteen was released in 1974 and is only now starting to gain recognition, truer words could not have been said.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Disease-Resistant, Cold-Hardy

Fruit Uses & Storage

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

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: Yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Northern Spy x open-pollinated Malinda
Origin: Minnesota
Introduced in: 1978
Introduced by: W. H. Alderman; University of Moinnesota

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 7
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Aug 22 (approximate, in New York State)

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: B.9 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Dwarf (25% of Standard)
Tree spacing: 8' minimum
Row spacing: 16' minimum
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

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

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Dwarf (25% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Sweet Sixteen Apple on B.9. 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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Winecrisp™ Apple on G.11 2021 342
Galarina™ X-4982 CV. Apple on G.11 2021 241
Spitzenburg Esopus Apple on G.11 2021 240
GoldRush Apple on G.11 2021 143
Crimson® Topaz CV. Apple on G.41 2021 133
Yarlington Mill Apple on B.9 2021 131
CrimsonCrisp™ Apple on G.11 2021 121
GoldRush Apple on G.41 2021 119
Sundance™ Apple on G.11 2021 112
Galarina™ X-4982 CV. Apple on G.16 2021 103
Fuji, Beni Shogun Apple on G.11 2021 100

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