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

Category: Fruit Trees

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4

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

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Smaller sized fruit. Firmer flesh.

Suggested Uses

Excellent for fresh eating.

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 2…
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 2…

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.

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 2…

Pests/Problems

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.

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 2…
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