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Red Northern Spy Apple

Red Northern Spy Apple

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Northern Spy Apple

Malus domestica 'Northern Spy'

Northern Spy may be one of the world's ugliest fruits, but it sure makes great pies! Northern Spy is a large, round, somewhat flat apple with greenish-yellow fruit and some red blushing and striping. The fruit is fine grained, very firm and crisp, and somewhat yellow fleshed. The flavor is tart and subacid. It keeps for exceptional lengths and is a favorite for pie making since it keeps its texture so well after baking. It is very hardy, well adapted to cold climes, because of its late bloom. Picks late int he fall.


12-16 Feet



10-14 Feet


Hardiness Zone


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Malus domestica 'Northern Spy'
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Northern Spy is one of those apples that is for the patient backyard apple grower. On seedling and semi-standard roots it can take 5-10 years to consistently bear fruit. The tree is very vigorous and can bear biennially. Planting on full dwarf roots can cut the wait for production by several years and maintain a more managable tree. It is very late blooming.

A Little History about Northern Spy Apple

Northern Spy came from New York in the 1800's. It continues to be a premium apple variety for the pie making industry. Many of Grandpa's fruit tree customers planted Northern Spy for the processing market.

Malus domestica 'Northern Spy' Characteristics & Attributes

Bloom Character
Late blooming
Pollinizer needed
Tends to biennial bear
Fruit Characteristics
Very large fruit
Growth Rate/Habit
Very vigorous
Slow to bear
Spreading habit
Harvest Period
Late fall
Other Attributes
Sub-acid flavor
Very crisp
Long-term keeper
Somewhat tart
Site Requirements
Full Sun
Very hardy
Skill Required
Above average skill
Cooking or baking
Good for pies