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.
Custom graft varieties: Order before March 2023. Delivery in December 2023.
Let me know when Spartan apple trees are back in stock.
If you do not hear from us by March you can contact us to pre-order for next autumn.
Although Spartan originates from Canada it is well-suited to the maritime cool climate of much of north-west Europe.