Sweet Sixteen apple trees
- Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
- Picking season: Mid
- Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 3
- Uses: Eating fresh
- Uses: Cooking
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
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
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How to grow
Sweet Sixteen is an easy variety to grow and very cold-hardy.
It has reasonable resistance to scab, fireblight and cedar apple rust, and is naturally vigorous.
It comes into bearing within a few years.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
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
- Picking season:
Eating fresh Cooking
- Keeping (of fruit):
- Flavor style (apples):
- Fruit persistence:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Pollination group:
- Pollinating others:
- Bearing regularity:
- Fruit bearing:
- General resistance:
- Cedar apple rust:
- Cold hardiness (USDA):
(3) -40F / -40C
- Summer average maximum temperatures:
Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
- Country of origin:
- Period of origin:
1950 - 1999
- Fruit color: