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Sweet Sixteen Apple tree

Owner: David

Location:  Two Rivers, WI, United States

Age:Planted in about 2010
Age of this tree:11 years
Soil:sandy with a little clay 
Climate at this location:Zone 5b - cool, within 1 mile of Lake Michigan
Pruning:yes - being trained and pruned
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:my dogs, rose chafers, aphids, apple maggots

Owner's comments

Planted as a whip in April 2010. Doing okay in spite of my dog uprooting it and biting it in half the first year. Four scions of Kingston Black grafted onto this tree in April 2012. Sadly all the grafts died. Fortunately the Sweet Sixteens are good apples on their own. Tree is fully recovered now, but suffers yearly from attacks by rose chafers, apple maggots, and most of all my dog Honey who loves and steals as many apples as she can access! Time to fence it off!

Season records for this tree

  • 2020

    Spring blossom: 29 May
    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   2.5m / 8.3ft wide
    Typical heavy bloom. Thinned to one flower per cluster. Rose chafers arrived 6/14. Squirrels & dogs stole most, 3 left.
  • 2019

    Spring blossom: 31 May
    Harvest: 1st week October  1kg / 2lbs
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Cluster of blooms on almost every bud! Thinned to 1 each. Had a good ~50 apples early season, rose chafers and dogs ate most of them, only harvested 2 which had slight insect damage and were not great.
  • 2018

  • 2017

    Spring blossom: 28 May
    Harvest: 1st week October  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Major bloom on every point of the tree, removed half the blossoms to avoid overset. Lost about half to chafer beetle and apple maggot damage.
  • 2016

    Spring blossom: 27 May
    Harvest: 1st week October  1kg / 2lbs
    VERY heavy bloom this year, but only ~6 apples survived, and the dog ate every one!
  • 2015

    Spring blossom: 30 May
    Harvest: 3rd week September  1kg / 2lbs
    Size: 2.5m / 8.3ft high   1.5m / 5.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Pruned heavily on one side to balance. Allowed 9 fruits, 2 survived puppy attack.
  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 6 June
    Harvest: 2nd week October  1kg / 2lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Doing very well, lots of blossom, thinned to 5 of nice size and color.
  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 8 June
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Bloomed this year! Unfortunately no fruit set. Birds ate flowers.
  • 2012

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Hot March, cool April, no bloom. 5.5 feet high, short branches. Looks weird.
  • 2011

    Size: 1.5m / 5.0ft high   1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Extremely late spring - late May to green buds. Only 5 feet, 5 new scaffolds.
  • 2010

    Size: 1.0m / 3.3ft wide
    Went from a one-foot whip to nearly 6 foot height w/ scaffolds. Very vigorous.
  • 2009

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