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Esopus Spitzenburg Apple tree

Owner: Steven

Location:  Turney, MO, United States

Age:Planted in about 2013
Age of this tree:10 years
Soil:6 inches of soil over clay. 
Climate at this location:Temperate. Freezes from November through March. Four full seasons. temp 100 F to -5 F.
Pruning:Prune every year to spread tree and allow a central leader
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Does not usually produce any fruit
Growth:This tree does not grow well here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Japanese Beetles (Horrible the last two years.)

Owner's comments

This tree has struggled here for 7 years and it is still very spindly. This was where the original orchard was but when I tried to restore the Jonathan, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious, I didn't remove the Oaks and Walnuts surrounding the Old Orchard. They are probably what destroyed those early trees. I plan on removing all these competing trees this summer/fall.

Season records for this tree

  • 2020

    Spring blossom: 23 April
    1 day of flowering with 1 flower.
  • 2019

  • 2018

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  • 2013

  • 2012

  • 2011

  • 2010

  • 2009


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