Apple - Spartan

Spartan Apple

Malus domestica
A popular dark red dessert apple. Heavy cropper and easy to grow.

Origin: Canada 1926

Pollination:  Spartan is self-fertile and a pollinator is not necessary for producing a crop. Show suitable pollination partners

A guide to choosing Apple Trees



Spartan Apple Trees for sale - order online

We supply trees and plants only during the winter planting season from late November to mid March. Orders placed now will not be be delivered until the winter planting season. You will not be required to pay until October but by ordering now you can ensure that the items are reserved for you and supplied as early as possible when we resume delveries in late November.
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 Availability Price Qty required
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon Available £26.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush Available £28.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier) Available £26.00
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier) Available £48.50
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard Available £28.50
M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden Available £17.50
M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard Available £28.50

The availability information shown in the availability column in the table is always up-to-date.
Available means Available for supply from Nov 2018 to March 2019
2019/20 means Sold out but available for supply winter 2019/20. Orders taken from May 2019
Sold out means Sold out for supply Nov 2018 to March 2019. May be available again winter 2019/20




History and description of Spartan

Raised in 1926 from McIntosh x Yellow Newtown Pippin by R C Palmer at the Dominion Experiment Station, British Columbia, Canada. Introduced in 1936. An important commercial variety grown in North America and elsewhere. Grown on a small scale in the UK.

Medium sized, round-conical fruit. Dark maroon flush over a pale yellow skin. White, crisp, juicy flesh. Sweet but with some acidity. Vinous flavour. Needs to be left on the tree for as long as possible for the flavour to develop. Keeps well but flavour fades in storage.

Moderately vigorous, free spurring tree. Heavy cropper requiring thinning to avoid small fruit. Resistant to scab and mildew but rather prone to canker.




Main characteristics of Spartan

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Vinous
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Early Oct
Season of use  Nov-Jan

Tree vigour  Moderate
Tree habit  Upright-Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Disease resistance  Canker: Very susceptible
Scab: Resistant
Mildew: Very resistant
Suitable for Dry Regions
Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  12
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Self Fertile
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Parentage  McIntosh Red