Prairie Spy apple
Prairie Spy is one of the earliest apple varieties developed by the University of Minnesota. It was selected in 1923 from seeds planted in 1914, and introduced commercially in 1940. It was known as Minnesota 1007 during its development period.
The parentage of Prairie Spy is not certain, but the name, and its growth characteristics and fruit appearance suggest it is probably a seedling of Northern Spy - but this is not certain.
Although grown commercially for a period in Minnesota, Prairie Spy (like Northern Spy) is not best-suited to the needs of commercial growers. For example, it can take several years to start bearing, and fruit size can be highly variable.
Most tasting tests rate Prairie Spy as having an excellent well-balanced sweet flavor.
All purpose. Red over yellow, attractive large fruit. Some russeting may occur. Excellent flavor, improves in storage. Extra long keeping winter apple.
- Species: Malus domestica
- Parentage: Unknown, but probably Northern Spy
- Originates from: United States
- Introduced: 1940
- Developed by: University of Minnesota
- Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 184400
- UK National Fruit Collection accession number: 1951 - 062
- Fruit size: Large
- Good for eating fresh
- Good for cooking
- Flavour quality: Very good
- Flavour style: Sweeter
- Ripening period: Late season
- Use / keeping: 3 months or more
- Cropping: Good
- Flowering period: Mid season
- Flowering group: 3
- Fertility: Self-sterile
- Vigour: Average growth
- Precocity: Slow to start bearing
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
- General disease resistance: Good
- Suitable for warm climates
- Suitable for temperate climates
- Tolerates cold winters
- Scab - Some resistance
- Cedar apple rust - Some resistance
- Fireblight - Some susceptibility
Relationships to other varieties
Parents and other ancestors of this variety:
- Northern Spy (parent)
Prairie Spy identification photos from official fruit collections
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Prairie Spy identification photos from website visitors
Fruit tree register
Do you have a tree of this variety in your garden or orchard? If so please register the details here and contribute to our international register of fruit trees.
The following Prairie Spy trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.
You can also view these trees on a map.
- Arthur Pitt in FINLAYSON, MN/PINE
- Erin Eyberg in MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
- Florian Deisenhofer in Brush Prairie, Clark County WA
- Karl Schmidt in ESTELLINE, SD
- Kent Montgomery in BRAINERD, MINNESOTA / CROW WING
- Steve in SILVER SPRING, MD
- Thomas Griffith in COTTAGE GROVE, WI
Latest Spring blossom records for this variety
- 6th May 2012 - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
Latest harvest records for this variety
Where to buy apples
United Statesmap >
New Hampshiremap >
- Old Ciderpress Farm, Westmoreland
- Northrop's Apple Acres, Lake City
South Dakotamap >
- Krause Family Orchard & Nursery Inc., Glenham
- Hockinson Hill Orchard, Brush Prairie