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Spitzenburg Esopus Apple on B.118 (Spring 2022)


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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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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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

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: B.118 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (90% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 24'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

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

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 4
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (90% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

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