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Esopus Spitzenburg Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2009
Age of this tree:14 years
Soil:heavy clay 
Climate at this location:warm spring, summer and fall, light winter frost
Pruning:summer pruning for size control, minimal winter pruning
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Medium crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)

Owner's comments

This tree took its time before growing fruit, but it was worth the wait. The apples are tart to tart-sweet, similar to Ashmead's Kernel in flavor but with smoother texture. They are medium to large and quite pretty, with a red blush over green and yellow. The difficulty with this tree is that it grows long branches that very determinedly curve upwards. If one is willing to wait for fruit (and to train the branches to near horizontal) this is an excellent apple tree. It is certainly one of my favorites and is comparable in quality to Ashmead's Kernel. This is one of a group of four apples planted two feet apart in a square pattern, so it has the shape of a quarter circle.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

  • 2013

    Harvest: 2nd week September  2kg / 4lbs
    Size: 2.0m / 6.7ft high   2.0m / 6.7ft wide
  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009

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