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Esopus Spitzenburg Apple tree

Owner: Rory

Location:  Stafford, VA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2013
Age of this tree:7 years
Soil:14" Amended loam on top of clay in garden bed 
Climate at this location:Winter lows to 0F, avg low high 20s. Summer highs in mid 90s, few days above 100F. Humid Summers
Pruning:Made initial planting cut at 33"
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Up to 6ft / 2m
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:Not specified
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:Green caterpillars, family dog

Owner's comments

Planted on 29 March 2014. Full bloom on a single branch around 2 May. Our dog ate the blooms off of the tree on 3 May 2014! Soil pH 6.0. added bone meal to planting. Tree came with 5 branches, some drooping below horizontal. Staked those limbs up to preclude water sprouts I hope. This is a vigorous tree. No indications of growth/disease problems discussed in the literature. I do keep it sprayed and I irrigate regularly. Will have to see how it does as the summer comes on. G.30 rootstock probably helps a lot compared to the other dwarfs I have. It is more vigorous than the Golden Russet on G11/M111. Planted in a location with a bit more afternoon sun.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 26 April
  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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