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