Sweet Sixteen apple trees

Sweet Sixteen
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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.

Sweet Sixteen apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
G.16 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
B.118 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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.

Historical details

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

Sweet Sixteen characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (3) -40F / -40C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red