Esopus Spitzenburg Apple

Malus domestica
An old American dual purpose apple widely grown in the USA in 19th century renowned apple pies.

Origin: USA 1790

Pollination:  Esopus Spitzenburg is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees

Esopus Spitzenburg Apple Trees for sale - order online

Please select the rootstock, age and tree form available items in the table below. The choice of rootstock is important as it determines the size to which the tree will grow when mature. Trees are available either as maidens which are untrained one year old trees or two year old trees already trained in a particular form. Reduced price trees when available are smaller one year old trees or two year old trees which have less well developed heads than our regular trees but are otherwise perfectly good healthy trees offered at a lower price. Trees are supplied bare root during the planting season from late November to early March. Further information is available below.

Rootstock / Vigour / Age / Form
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush *Reduced Price*
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Cordon *Reduced Price*

History and description of Esopus Spitzenburg

Arose at Esopus, Ulster County, New York, USA. Known before 1790 and sent to the London Horticultural Society in 1824 by Michael Floy. A dual purpose apple, widely grown in North America both in commercial and home orchards in the 19th century. Said to make fine pies and may have contributed to the creation of the Waldorf Salad. Still appreciated by American fruit enthusiasts but commercially superseded by other varieties. As a dessert apple the flavour is rich and fruity, lively and very crisp, remaining so even into March. When grown in England the fruit often ripens poorly but can be full of flavour in a good year.

Medium-sized fruit. Conical to round-conical shape, slightly ribbed. The skin has yellow background colour, a bright red flush and numerous russet dots. Deep cream, almost yellow flesh, very hard and crisp with lively acidity and a rich, fruity flavour.

A tree of moderate vigour. Produces spurs freely. Heavy cropper.

Main characteristics of Esopus Spitzenburg

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Rich
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early/Mid Oct
Season of use  Nov-Mar

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self-sterile
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Progeny  Jonathan (?)