Spitzenburg apple was discovered in the late 1700s by an early Dutch settler of that name. It was found at the settlement of Esopus, on the Hudson River, in Ulster County, New York. Much attention was bestowed upon Spitzenburg apple when Thomas Jefferson ordered a dozen trees for his orchard in Monticello. Unexcelled in flavor or quality, the fruit is great off the tree, but flavor radically improves in storage. Medium apple with crisp, yellow skin covered with inconspicuous red stripes and russet freckles. Flesh is tinged yellow, firm, aromatic, and complex in flavor; a perfect balance between sharp and sweet.
Certified Organic Apple Tree
Almost all of our apple trees (exception noted) and few other select fruit trees and berries grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO).
Growing Considerations for Spitzenburg apple
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Pollination: Select another midseason blooming variety
Fruit Storage: Excellent
Mature Size: 12-15 ft. summer prune to maintain 8 ft. tree
Recommended Spacing: 12-15 ft. if summer pruned 8 ft.spacing
Uses: Cider, Fresh eating/ dessert, Pies and Sauce
Rootstock: Semi-dwarf MM 111
Water Requirement: 8-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Years to bear: 2-4 years
Shape when shipped: Feathered (side branching)
*Size supplied when shipped: 5/8 inch caliper (width around trunk) 5 to 6 ft. in field. (trimmed to 4-5 ft. when shipped)
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Note on Shipping:
Our apple trees are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive so you'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.
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