Spartan Apple

The Spartan apple is considered a good all-purpose apple. The apple is of medium size and has a bright-red blush, but can have background patches of greens and yellows. It is partially self-fertile, but a nearby pollination partner of a different variety is beneficial. Most white-blossom crab-apples will also be good pollinators for this variety.

  • Botanical name: Malus domestica
  • Zone range: 5 - 8
  • Size at maturity: 12 - 16' Tall X 12 - 13' Wide
  • Harvest: Late September
  • Sun level: Full sun
  • Soil composition: Loamy
  • Soil moisture: Well-drained
  • Optimal soil pH: 6.0 - 7.0
  • Years to bear: 2 - 3

Best pollinators: Jonagold, Golden Sentinel, Northpole, Akane, Pink Lady, Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Yellow Transparent, Gala, Red Delicious

The Spartan apple is an apple cultivar developed by Dr. R. C Palmer and introduced in 1936 from the Federal Agriculture Research Station in British Columbia now known as the Pacific Agri-food Research Centre - Summerland. The 'Spartan' is notable for being the first new breed of apple produced from a formal scientific breeding program. The apple was supposed to be a cross between two North American cultivars, the 'McIntosh' and the 'Newtown Pippin' but recently, genetic analysis showed the 'Newtown Pippin' was not one of the parents and its identity remains a mystery. 

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