Esopus Spitzenburg Apple ScionwoodThis is a twig for grafting. Fall-Winter. Unknown parentage. Esopus, NY, 18th century. Herman Melville wrote in his 1853 Bartleby, the Scrivener: “Copying law-papers being proverbially a dry, husky sort of business, my two scriveners were fain to moisten their mouths very often with Spitzenburgs, to be had at the numerous stalls nigh the Custom House and Post office.” Turkey and Nippers chose well. For more than 200 years the apple has been a choice dessert and culinary variety, mentioned in nearly every list of best-flavored varieties. Slightly subacid, crisp and juicy. Medium-large bright-red round to mostly conic fruit, covered with russet dots, not unlike a slightly more conical Starkey. Excellent acid source for sweet or fermented cider. Moderately vigorous tree, with easily trained wide-angle branches. Bears moderate crops. Supposedly susceptible to scab though we don’t spray ours and have been happy with the fruit quality. Blooms mid-late season. Z4-7.
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