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Spencer apple

Large nearly solid red or red striped over green fruit. Very sweet with crisp juicy flesh. Fine flavor. Core smaller than McIntosh. Excellent eating quality.

USDA identification images for Spencer

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 04 Feb 2017  MAINE, United States
      I had a good friend from Western Mass that used to bring me Spencer apples and they are the best tasting apples hands down.
    • 01 Nov 2015  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
      Spencer tends to be on the softer side, that plus its high degree of sweetness make it a good candidate for apple butter. - Carter Wilkie, Boston
    • 11 Sep 2015  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
      I am growing Spencer apples in my backyard and had a wonderful yield this year with virtually no care given to this hardy tree
    • 29 Oct 2014  MA, United States
      We went to a wonderful farm stand in central Mass. called Bolton Orchards and got some Spencer apples. They were the sweetest apples we ever tasted! Firm white flesh, excellent flavor.

    Tree register

    United States



    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: McIntosh x Golden Delicious
    • Originates from: British Columbia, Canada
    • Introduced: 1926
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1963-107


    • Country of origin: Canada
    • Alleles: 2
    • Alleles: 10


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 3 (-40C)

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Spencer:

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