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Northern Spy Apple

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Description

A must-have for northern gardens. Tree blooms late to avoid late spring frost zaps. Fruit is large, bright red, and exceptionally juicy, with a crisp tender texture. One of the best apples ever to grace a pie, yet delightful when eaten fresh. In proper storage, fruit can keep up to 5 months. Cold hardy. Ripens in October. Best pollinators: Ginger Gold®, Starkrimson® Red Delicious, or any Golden Delicious.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Firm, Tender, Fine, Crisp
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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spy's are best for pies
tom m on Jun 12, 2016
Tastes great!! large apple
TIMOTHY O on Jun 1, 2016
spy's are best for pies
tom m on Jun 12, 2016
Has to be the most cold hardy of all apples. Blossoms late, misses the early spring frost, apples hang on the tree, keep well and are excellent for cooking. Hold their shape well, don't go to mush.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
Tastes great!! large apple
TIMOTHY O on Jun 1, 2016
They make excellent apple pies
Christopher C on May 24, 2016
it bloomes later than others
Steven P on May 22, 2016
My grandma only used Spy's for her apple pies and she made the best!
Susan M on May 20, 2016
My favorite for pie! A legendary apple in Amish cookbooks, yet rare to find in area orchards, so it's time to grow my own.
Laura N on May 12, 2016
storage length
Lucia S on May 3, 2016
Taste and reliability
Anthony Y on Apr 28, 2016
Great for long storage and is great in the winter for those Christmas pies.
DIANA L on Apr 3, 2016
when I was a boy we had a spy tree in r yard. I love the tart apples they are also great to cook pies and apple crisp.
Steve G on Apr 1, 2016
I already have a northern spy apple tree that I purchased a few years ago and would like to add another to my orchard so that the fruit is plentiful enough for many, many apple pies in the future.
Carrie H on Mar 24, 2016
Best apple pie I ever had.
Vincent D on Mar 21, 2016
recommended for deer due to its drop time and sweetness
Paul S on Mar 18, 2016
Hands down the best variety for Classic Apple Pie, delicious, tart and juicy for eating out of hand, too.
Ellen S on Mar 8, 2016
I wanted a good eating tart apple that stores well.
John M on Mar 5, 2016
Great Apple that the kids like to use for apple cider
Dan F on Mar 2, 2016
Currently have a northern spy and its my best producer.
JOANNE A on Feb 29, 2016
Familiar with apple when I maintained a very old orchard 30 years ago
Michael C on Feb 22, 2016
Great apples for pie
RODERICK B on Feb 22, 2016
Has to be the most cold hardy of all apples. Blossoms late, misses the early spring frost, apples hang on the tree, keep well and are excellent for cooking. Hold their shape well, don't go to mush.
Diane S on Jun 4, 2016
They make excellent apple pies
Christopher C on May 24, 2016

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a little disappointed
I'm writing this review after 1 year of having this Apple tree. It started out strong last spring, and this year is the puniest of the 4 apple trees I purchased. I'm going to do some reading and see if I can't give it a boost, but my other trees put on an additional 1 to 2 feet of growth and this one has 3 to 4 inches.I will update down the line. So sad as I love these apples
June 12, 2016
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1 year ago
A very good apple for baking! Makes the best apple pies and baked apples.
September 10, 2016
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1 year ago
Northern Spy Apple
Fast growing tree so far and very health looking too!! Maybe another year and I'll have apples!!!
September 11, 2016
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1 year ago
Northern Spy Apple
The Northern spy apple I ordered is growing very well. It has a nice shape even though I have not pruned it yet.
August 6, 2016
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1 year ago
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