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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: 
Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 8 to 2002 Apr 252003 Apr 11 to 2003 Apr 302004 Apr 16 to 2004 May 32005 Apr 12 to 2005 May 22006 Apr 6 to 2006 Apr 282007 Apr 6 to 2007 Apr 302008 Apr 10 to 2008 May 22009 Apr 17 to 2009 May 12013 Apr 11 to 2013 Apr 242014 Apr 17 to 2014 May 7
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