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Apples: Malus domestica 'Northern Spy'

Botanical name: Malus domestica 'Northern Spy'

Common name: apple

also known as (semi-dwarf apple)

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 5a thru 8b

bee attracting, edible

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'Northern Spy' is a "must" apple for Northern growers. Blooms late, avoiding late frosts that often injure other varieties. Does well on hills and slopes. Ripens late October with the season extending into December. Large, fancy quality fruit. Bright red, overspread with a delicate bloom. Exceptionally juicy, yet crisp and tender. Excellent for in hand eating or pies and sauces. Can be cellar stored into March. If temperatures can be regulated, may keep into May. Store as soon as possible after picking. A beautiful, beautiful apple! Yields an average of 5 bushels with some variation depending on the season. Will reach a height of 10-12 feet at maturity. Plant trees 15-20 feet apart. One-year plant. Needs well drained soil. Full sun is best, but must have at least a half day of sun. Good for an espalier. Two varieties are needed for pollination. 'Cortland', 'McIntosh' and 'Yellow Delicious' are particularly effective pollinators. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

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