Novaspy apple trees

Novaspy apples
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice

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

Mature height*
1-year Novaspy apple trees bare-root
G.935 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
1-year Novaspy apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
Out of stock

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

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

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 season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Fireblight: Very resistant
  • Scab: Some resistance


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red
  • Fruit size: Large

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
    A good-tasting cross between Northern Spy and Golden Delicious.
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