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Esopus Spitzenburg



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.  Pollination partners

Esopus Spitzenburg apple trees produced to order

We do not stock this variety, but we can produce trees for you through our custom grafting service. Trees can be grafted on any of the following rootstocks:

  • CG-1Esopus Spitzenburg tree custom-grafted on M9 rootstock (Dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-2Esopus Spitzenburg tree custom-grafted on M26 rootstock (Semi-dwarfing)£39.00 each
  • CG-3Esopus Spitzenburg tree custom-grafted on MM106 rootstock (Semi-vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-4Esopus Spitzenburg tree custom-grafted on MM111 rootstock (Vigorous)£39.00 each
  • CG-5Esopus Spitzenburg tree custom-grafted on M25 rootstock (Very vigorous)£39.00 each

If you wish to go order please fill in our contact form in the first instance, stating your name, full address, and the rootstock(s) you wish the tree(s) to be grafted on. You will need to contact us before June.

Propagation is carried out in late July / early August, and the grafted trees would be available for supply in December the following year (approximately 14 months later).

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 Still appreciated by American fruit enthusiasts but commercially superseded by other varieties.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.

Characteristics of Esopus Spitzenburg apple trees

UseDessert
ColourRed
FlavourRich
Fruit sizeMedium
Picking timeEarly/Mid Oct
Season of useNov-Mar
Tree vigourModerate
Tree habitUpright-spreading
Fruit-bearingSpur-bearer
CroppingHeavy
Pollination date12
Pollination groupD
Self-fertilitySelf-sterile
PollinatorsPollination partners
ProgenyJonathan