Spartan Apple

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Spartan Apple

Malus x domestica ‘Spartan’

Description & Overview

Spartan apple is a smaller fruited apple that ripens around late September in S.E. WI. It is an old Canadian variety that was developed in the early 20th century. This variety shares many of the traits of McIntosh Apple (one of its parents) but has much firmer flesh and a very distinct flavor. Excels for fresh eating.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 15 feet
Mature Spread: 15 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate
Growth Form: Tree
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Site Requirements: Requires well-drained sites
Flower: White
Bloom Period: Early-Mid May
Foliage: Green
Fall Color: N/A
Fruit Notes: Smaller sized fruit. Firmer flesh.

Suggested Uses:

Excellent for fresh eating.

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Wildlife Value:

Apple trees are relished by deer, numerous small mammals, and insects.

Maintenance Tips:

Annual winter pruning suggested for best structure/open canopy to increase light intensity and air flow for best fruit quality. Spray with a protection fungicide (Captan or Immunox) in spring to prevent primary apple scab. Three applications made from from the time the leaves first emerge until June 15th will help provide prevention. Find more information on Training & Pruning Fruit Trees.

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Somewhat prone to apple scab if spring conditions are wet. Like all apples, this variety is prone to numerous insect/disease issues. Following a preventative spray program is suggested to obtain a quality fruit crop. Or grow the fruit in paper or plastic bags (organic). Find a spraying guide and more information on Best Pesticides For The Home Orchardist.

Leaf Lore:

This variety was introduced in 1936 from research done in British Columbia. It is a cross of ‘McIntosh’ x ‘Newtown Pippen’.

Companion Plants:

Spartan Apple must be cross-pollinated with a crabapple or different apple variety to produce fruit.

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