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Cinnamon Spice Apple

Available Spring 2019

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Excels in the South. Medium-vigor tree with upright growth habit. Taste a hint of cinnamon after every bite of these sweet apples. Yields medium-size fruit with wine red skin brushed with yellow. Tree may require thinning to improve fruit size. Originates from Bolinas-Olema Valley, California in the 1980s. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious or Stark® GrandGala™.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Cinnamon Flavor
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 10
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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
sweet eating apple ripen late in october
Jeff C on Apr 5, 2017
Wanted to try. Have not gotton many apples but
thes I did get were wonderful
TOMI JO L on Jan 31, 2017
sweet eating apple ripen late in october
Jeff C on Apr 5, 2017
Fresh eating, juice making and pie baking
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
Wanted to try. Have not gotton many apples but
thes I did get were wonderful
TOMI JO L on Jan 31, 2017
Heat tolerance
JIM L on Jan 27, 2017
This apple is in my planting zone and I was looking for a red variety that would ripen in October. This one is perfect.
VIRGINIA F on Oct 8, 2016
It appeared to be the only apple tree suitable for my zone "10A".
JIM C on Sep 7, 2016
like tart crisp apples that will grow in my zone
STEPHEN T on Jun 16, 2016
Wanted to try, sounds delicious
Al L on May 1, 2016
Because my grandson likes cinnamon applesauce.
Diane S on Apr 16, 2016
I choose this apple because it was zoned for 10.
Lynn A on Apr 12, 2016
It looks beautiful and sounds like it would taste wonderful.
Angela G on Mar 17, 2016
We have eaten them and like them
LOUIS S on Mar 16, 2016
Needed a pollinator for the Chenango Strawberry Apple tree that I came to this website to order. Sounds pretty tasty, who wouldn't like the taste of cinnamon spice in an apple!
Deborah H on Mar 15, 2016
Had a Anna apple that developed Fire Blight and had to cut it down. Wanted a more disease resistant apple tree for my climate. Already have a Dorset and Crabapple tree growing.
Robert H on Mar 10, 2016
I wanted an apple that would grow well in USDA zone 8-B. I hope this is the one! I have had poor luck growing apples here.
John O on Feb 27, 2016
cinnamon....!!!! had to have it!
MARY L on Feb 18, 2016
Fresh eating, juice making and pie baking
YVONNE F on Feb 25, 2017
Heat tolerance
JIM L on Jan 27, 2017
How long do the apples keep on tree, or after harvest?
Henry on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the variety. Our Fujis hold on the tree till Christmas, provided we don't have a hard frost, but some varieties fall very quickly. Experiment, and you'll figure it out.
Is this really Laxton's Fortune, or is it a unique cultivar? I love my tree by the way. It's vigorous and fast growing!
Big B on May 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This was the original name of the tree.This tree was discovered in a small town in California in 1931
I planted my apple tree as described, but how does pollination work is this variety self pollinating or does it need another apple tree pollen. And how long before new growth will start?
Glen R on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This variety is not self-pollinating; few apples are. Recommended pollinators are shown above. Depending upon the temperatures in your area, new growth should start in 2-3 weeks.
How does cinnamon spice apple grow in tropical climate, and which is the best apple to grow in tropical climate?
Marcelino P on Feb 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Cinnamon Spice will thrive in Zone 10, unlike most apples, which require a much colder climate. This is one of the few apple varieties that will grow in a tropical climate.
I live in zone 10 (satellite beach FL) what pollinator can I use (I didn't see another apple tree for zone 10)? Will an apple tree grow 4 blocks from the beach?
cindy y on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are a few low-chill apple varieties that will be good options as a pollinators for the Cinnamon Spice apple tree. University of Florida lists a few here: - You may be a little further south than recommended for apple trees, so I would strongly suggest contacting local growers there to see what their experience has been, especially growing oceanside, since they will know best.

Customer Reviews

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Prolific sweet red apple
Reliable producer of large red, very sweet apples in VA. Don't taste much cinnamon or spice. Somewhat disease resistant. Doesn't store too well, but recommended for it's reliability.
September 2, 2016
This apple is happy with our climate
Planted Cinnamon Spice two years ago, and it seems to be happy, though growing very slowly. It has fruit this year for the first time, and we're anxiously awaiting a taste. We live in Coastal California, Sunset Zone 16, probably USDA 8 or 9, though it's hard to tell since the USDA zones are pretty useless given their very broad rush climate assessments and all our micro local climates. Growing apples in our climate can be challenging since we get little winter chill, but this variety seems to be well adapted.
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
Apple Tree
Bought 2 apple trees. Planted both the same day as instructed and the Spice Apple did not make it. The Cinnamon Spice did not live in our S. Texas heat.
December 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great Idea, Poor Execution
I love the idea of this kind of apple. It seemed so interesting, so I picked it up as part of the 14-tree & 15-bramble order I placed last year. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this particular item from Stark. I ordered a Semi-Dwarf Supreme, but it came in around 3' instead of the 4'-5' promised, and the top had been broken off at some point before arrival and was left dangling on the tree. In addition, 2 of the 3 branches were stripped of bark on arrival, and many of the buds had been damaged such that I didn't get much new branch growth. Overall, I love the idea but I'm very disappointed in the quality.
February 12, 2017
over 2 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear about the trouble you’ve had with your nursery stock. I have booked Order 1516613 to send you a free one-time replacement. The order should reach you within 7-10 business days and we’ll send you another email when it’s been shipped.

I hope your new stock will grow and thrive for you!
February 16, 2017
Brenda H Staff
Great Growing Tree
Unsure how the fruit will turn out, but despite the heat and dry conditions, our trees are growing fantastic. We were looking for an apple tree that could handle up to zone 9 heat, this seems to be the one.
May 17, 2016
over 3 years ago
it takes time.
my cinnamon spice apple is doing well but it is still basically a twig. don't expect it 2 produce anything 4 another 3- 5 yrs. bought it as a cross pollinator. have 2 other trees that are more mature. can't say anything about fruit yet. in any case it is resistant 2 the central Florida drought.
May 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Very Healthy Trees
I've ordered trees from about 7 different sources. Stark Bros trees were the healthiest and nicest looking trees. The leafed-out really strong. Very healthy trees. These trees are great. Fungal resistant to most diseases, though several had some powdery mildew (kind of hard not having it with a really wet summer).

Am ordering more trees, just wish they also carried Mammoth Blacktwig variety.
June 5, 2017
over 2 years ago
Fast Growing Vigorous
Vigorous grower. This tree buds extremely late, an excellent fit for an eccentric climate. I have not yet tasted the apples.
May 14, 2017
over 2 years ago
Nice tree
This tree has made it one year in the ground in Phoenix Az. I've had a hard time getting it to grow real well but it is still growing and green ( my new apple tree just put planted in March is bigger). Can't wait for apples!
May 9, 2016
over 3 years ago
the cinnamon apple
I just got it earlier this year. But it has already started to leaf out ....way to early to get fruit but I'll update when I do
March 10, 2016
over 3 years ago