Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Spitzenburg apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 

Without doubt Esopus Spitzenburg is one of the great American apple varieties. It has a true aromatic flavor and has been widely praised by American pomologists down the centuries. The noted English author Hogg writing at the end of the 19th century also liked it, calling it "a most excellent dessert apple".

This is not a variety to eat straight from the tree - it needs to be stored for at least a month in a cold store (or fridge) for the flavor to mature - and it will keep until well into the new year. The flesh is dense and buttery with a rich sharp yet sweet quality, great for eating fresh on a winter's day - but also useful in the kitchen and good for juicing.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Spitzenburg apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.16 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.935 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.890 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Spitzenburg

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor?
  • Canker: Very susceptible?
  • Scab: Very susceptible?
  • Fireblight: Very susceptible?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more
    Should be stored for at least a month before eating.?
  • Flavour quality: Exceptional?
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1800 - 1849
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?


Pollination guide for Spitzenburg

Spitzenburg is in flowering group 4. Spitzenburg is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Spitzenburg apple trees

It is almost a truism with apples that the varieties with the best flavor are the hardest to grow. The main challenge with Esopus Spitzenberg is that it has poor disease resistance, although its natural vigour and productiveness helps it to keep going. The flavor is at its best in cooler climates, and like many heirloom varieties Spitzenburg likes warm autumn days and cool autumn nights.



Historical details

Discovered near Esopus, New York, in the 18th century and well-known by the 1790s when Thomas Jefferson ordered some to plant at Monticello.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Spitzenburg'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for southern California, American heirloom apple trees



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