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 this 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.
USDA Zone: 5,6,7,8,9,10
Pollination: Select another midseason bloom apple variety
Fruit Storage: excellent
Mature Size: Medium
Uses: Fresh eating/ dessert, cooking (puree, applesauce, apple butter), baking
Size when shipped: 5/8 to 3/4 inch caliper (width around trunk)
Height prior to shipment: 6 to 7 ft.(trimmed to 5'when shipped)
Shape when shipped: Feathered (prominent side branching)
Certified Organic Trees are shipped bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through mid-April depending on USDA zone.