Esopus Spitzenburg Apple

Malus cv 'Esopus Spitzenburg'


'Esopus Spitzenburg' was one of Thomas Jefferson's two favorite Apple varieties, the other being 'Albemarle Pippin.' He planted thirty-two of these trees in the South Orchard at Monticello between 1807 and 1812. A.J. Downing, America's foremost nineteenth-century pomologist, described 'Esopus Spitzenburg' as "a handsome, truly delicious apple...unsurpassed as a dessert fruit...considered the first of apples." Today, Apple connoisseurs still consider this variety among the finest ever known. It bears handsome red apples, ripening in late autumn, with firm, juicy yellow flesh. The apples have a delicious, brisk, rich flavor that is unforgettable.

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Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full sun Map it: 38.008664,-78.452390

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 8 – Apr 252003: Apr 11 – Apr 302004: Apr 16 – May 32005: Apr 12 – May 22006: Apr 6 – Apr 282007: Apr 6 – Apr 302008: Apr 10 – May 22009: Apr 17 – May 12013: Apr 11 – Apr 242014: Apr 17 – May 7