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

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
M9 - Dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Bush
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M9 - Dwarfing   2 years Cordon
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   1 year Maiden
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M26 - Semi-dwarfing   2 years Bush
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Espalier (1 tier)
(was £26)
MM106 - Semi-vigorous   1 year Maiden
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Espalier (2 Tier)
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MM106 - Semi-vigorous   2 years Half Standard
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M25 - Very vigorous   1 year Maiden
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M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Standard
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M25 - Very vigorous   2 years Straight Leader
(was £28.5)

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