Cinnamon Spice Apple

Item no longer available

We are no longer offering this product. If you would like additional information about this item, or assistance finding something similar, please contact us.


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. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

125% Survival Guarantee!

Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will issue a one-time merchandise credit to your account equaling 125% of the original product purchase price. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Chill Hours 350
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small - Medium
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.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.


We've 'tagged' this item with specific keywords that help you find other products that share features or characteristics with this one. Select a tag below to view all the items that have that particular trait.

Questions & Answers

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 12 questions Browse 12 questions and 50 answers
Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Second one I???ve purchased this year. Future sauce apple.
Robin M on Jun 14, 2019
A third party website claimed this variety thrives in the Inland Empire, which has a similar climate to my area. They did note that the apple tasted differently from the same variety planted in the mountains.
Kirsty M on Jun 6, 2019
Second one I???ve purchased this year. Future sauce apple.
Robin M on Jun 14, 2019
This apple, I'm told, is the Chenango Strawberry apple's best friend. They will certainly be planted together.
Margie S on Jun 8, 2019
A third party website claimed this variety thrives in the Inland Empire, which has a similar climate to my area. They did note that the apple tasted differently from the same variety planted in the mountains.
Kirsty M on Jun 6, 2019
I am wanting to start a cider orchard in my yard, and I think this apple may add some flavor and spice to my cider.
Joe M on Mar 10, 2019
Wanted to try Apple, usually won't bear fruit in Zone 9, going to give it a try
JEANETTE M on Jan 14, 2019
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
upon tiptoes 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
buddy on Jun 16, 2016
Wanted to try, sounds delicious
Al L on May 1, 2016
Because my grandson likes cinnamon applesauce.
Diane 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
This apple, I'm told, is the Chenango Strawberry apple's best friend. They will certainly be planted together.
Margie S on Jun 8, 2019
I am wanting to start a cider orchard in my yard, and I think this apple may add some flavor and spice to my cider.
Joe M on Mar 10, 2019
I live in zone 10A and would love to plant a Cinnamon Spice Apple. Will the recommended pollinator, a Golden Delicious (up to zone 9) work? Thank you. LIsa
Lisa K on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If Golden Delicious is viable to Zone 9, it will not be viable in Zone 10 as a reliable fruiting tree, but it will serve well as a pollinator and you may get some fruit from it.
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.
Can a Cinnamon Spice apple tree grow in full sun?
BERGESON13 on Jun 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! I have mine planted in an old hay field where the adjacent fruit trees are not yet tall enough to provide any shade from the sun. I their second year they are thriving.
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
Can Cinnamon Spice apple trees be cross-pollinated by Fuji apple trees?
A A on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These should pollinate together as they are mid-late bloomers.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
is the cinnamon spice apple resistant to cedar apple rust or apple scab?
Terry R on Jun 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It has shown documented resistance to both.
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.

Customer Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
23 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
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 5 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
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 6 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 5 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 5 years ago
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 6 years ago
So far so good ...
Saw this red apple for my zone, 9A, and it's now old enough to produce. Last year and this year, I've had a few apples. Planted your Starkspur Golden Delicious Dwarf nearby, so expect much better crops in a couple of years. Question - Description says ripens in late October; would that be accurate for zone 9A, too? Today, July 14, they are bright red and appear ready to pick! Maybe heat makes them ripen faster?
July 14, 2018
So far so good
My young Cinnamon Spice is doing well in the south Louisiana heat. I've had blossoms this year so I'm hoping my tree will keep on keeping on. I planted it next to my 3-year-old Granny Smith tree which has apples this year for the first time.
May 21, 2018
over 4 years ago
Didn't do well
In my part of Central Louisiana. Lost every apple to some sort of fungus two years in a row. :-(
February 17, 2018
Cinnamon spice apple
I recieved my cinnamon spice apple tree in good shape last year and planted it in my orchard. My tree grew good last summer and has set fruit this spring. Two apples are growing and more blooms are on my tree. I am very satisfied with starkbrothers and there products
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago