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, fruity 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
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

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*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

Sweet 16 was developed by the University of Minnesota in the 1970s. It is descended from 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
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: Slightly oxidising (browns slowly)
  • 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

Disease resistance

  • General 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 color: Red