Novaspy apple tree
- Picking season: Late
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 3
An improved form of Northern Spy, and an excellent all-round apple for northern areas.
Novaspy apple trees for sale
1Small 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
2Medium 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
Our inventory is up to date, you can pre-order now for the spring 2024 planting season.
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.
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.
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.
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group3
- Bearing regularityRegular
- Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- UsesEating freshCulinaryJuice
- Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
- Flavor style (apples)Sharper
- General resistanceGood
- FireblightVery resistant
- ScabSome resistance
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Country of originCanada
- Period of origin1950 - 1999
- Fruit colorOrange / Red
- Fruit sizeLarge
Northern Spy is a popular late-season American heirloom apple variety which stores well.
A good-tasting cross between Northern Spy and Golden Delicious.