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Northern Spy Apple tree

Owner: Mike

Location:  Grattan Township, MICHIGAN/KENT, United States

Age:Planted in about 2005
Age of this tree:19 years
Soil:Clay with some sand 
Climate at this location:lake modified continental
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Light crops
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Pesticides:Chemical treatments

Owner's comments

True to form, this tree took about eight years to blossom and produce a crop. As of 2014, it has had two fruiting seasons. Crops have been light so far but the quality has been high. 2013 saw many wide swings in late summer temperatures with plenty of sun. The fruit seemed sweeter than typical for Spies, but very good. In 2014, the fruit was more tart, as I think it should be. Flavor and texture is everything I could hope for with this variety. Insect resistance has been decent compared to other varieties in my orchard.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Size: 4.5m / 15.0ft high