Spartan Apple Tree
Spartan apple tree is a disease-resistant, easy-to-grow, Canadian variety that bears abundant crops of dark red, very large fruit. Juicy, aromatic and flavorful, Spartan ripens in late September, and can be stored for several months.
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Latin Name: Malus pumila
Site and Soil: Apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock growing 12-16 ft. in height. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils. Vigorous, drought tolerant, and well anchored, trees on M-7 should not require staking.
M-26 is considered a dwarf rootstock, growing 8-12 ft. in height. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: Apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set. Consider Mason Bees to help pollinate and increase fruit production.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: Dwarf 8-12ft. / Semi-dwarf 12-16 ft.
Fruit Skin: Dark red
Fruit Flesh: White
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Spartan is very resistant to Apple Scab. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4