Autumn 2022 - end of seasonWe have sold-out for this season - you can pre-order for autumn 2023.

Spartan apple trees

Malus domestica
Spartan
Spartan is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Spartan is a deep marroon-coloured apple with an excellent refreshing sweet flavour, often with a wine-like hint.

That flavour, and the crimson skin, are an easy clue that Spartan is related to the famous Canadian McIntosh apple - but much easier to grow.

Spartan ripens quite late in the season, usually around early October. The apples will remain on the tree over a 2-3 week period, which means you can pick a few at a time rather than have to deal with a glut. This is also the best way to enjoy them because although they keep fairly well, the flavour and crispness fade in storage.

Spartan is also a very good pollinator of other apples, producing large quantities of compatible pollen.

 

Bio / Organic  fruit trees

Spartan organic apple trees - graft to order

  • 1Maidentree on M9 rootstock 24.95€
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 2Maidentree on MM111 rootstock 24.95€
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years) Custom graft
  • 3Maidentree on Bittenfelder rootstock 24.95€
    Very large tree (5m-6m+ after 10 years) Custom graft
Delivery countries
Delivery chargesClick here to view estimated delivery charges.

Growing and Training

Although Spartan originates from Canada it is well-suited to the maritime cool climate of much of north-west Europe.


Spartan characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Picking periodmid-October
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use1 week
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Food usesEating freshJuice
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • CankerSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Fire blightSome resistance
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colourCrimson