Sweet Sixteen apple trees

Sweet Sixteen
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

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

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
B.9 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Sweet Sixteen apple trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

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


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.

Historical details

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

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (3) -40F / -40C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Red