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Novaspy apple tree

Novaspy apples

Novaspy is an attractive modern disease-resistant apple, developed from Northern Spy and Golden Delicious. It ripens late in the season and the apples keep well in storage.

The apples are attractive, similar in shape to Golden Delicious, but with a blushed red skin and clean finish.

As might be expected, the flavor is essentially sweet, but has some of the tang of Northern Spy. The apples are excellent for eating fresh or cooking or juicing.

Novaspy apple trees for sale

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $32.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.935 rootstock

How to grow

As the name suggests, Novaspy can be considered as an improved form of Northern Spy. It has similar characteristics but is easier to grow, more disease-resistant, and a bit more productive and starts bearing at a much younger age.

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Historical details

Novaspy was developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based in Nova Scotia, and has Northern Spy and Golden Delicious in its ancestry. It was released in the 1980s.

Novaspy characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuice
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sharper
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Organic cultureSuitable
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightVery resistant
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge

Similar varieties

  • See also Northern Spy
    Northern Spy
    Northern Spy is a popular late-season American heirloom apple variety which stores well.
  • See also Spigold
    Spigold
    A good-tasting cross between Northern Spy and Golden Delicious.