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

Sweet Sixteen apple trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Sweet Sixteen is one of the best apple varieties for the north country - when grown on suitable rootstocks it is a reliable cropper in zone 4 and even zone 3.

Sweet Sixteen inherits its cold-hardiness from both its parents. Northern Spy is a well-known cold-hardy apple, and it is also descended from a more obscure north country variety called Malinda.

The bright red apples have a high quality flavor, primarily sweet but with some acidity and complexity. They keep fairly well in natural cold storage or a fridge.

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

Sweet Sixteen 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 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

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 Sweet Sixteen

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Mid?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Drying / Discoloring: Slightly oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • USDA Zone 3: Yes
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -40F / -40C?


Pollination guide for Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen is in flowering group 3. Sweet Sixteen is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Sweet Sixteen apple trees

Sweet Sixteen is an easy variety to grow. It has reasonable resistance to scab, fireblight and cedar apple rust, and is naturally vigorous. It comes into bearing within a few years.

Varieties with similar picking times to Sweet Sixteen



Historical details

University of Minnesota, 1970s. Northern Spy crossed with a seedling of Malinda.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Sweet Sixteen'


Related variety collections

Top 10 apple varieties suitable for organic growing, Apple trees for USDA zones 3 and 4



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