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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
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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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' Tall X 18 - 20' Wide
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'

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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
They make excellent apple pies
Christopher C on May 24, 2016
My grandma only used Spy's for her apple pies and she made the best!
Susan M on May 20, 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
it bloomes later than others
Steven P on May 22, 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

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