Sweet Sal Apple


Sweet Sal Apple

Summer-Fall-Winter. Seedling of Northern Spy. Winthrop, Maine. Maine orchardist Morris Towle (1911-1993) named this discovery for his daughter. We’re fairly sure that only one mature tree remains alive today.

The medium-sized roundish fruit is washed with vibrant purple-pink, overlaid with stripes of deep rusty red and covered with pink dots. The flesh has no acidity, perfect for those who don’t like ’em tart. Likely a good sweet component for fermented cider. Can be eaten from August to March although at its best in October.

Like its parent Northern Spy, it comes into bearing later than most varieties and keeps extremely well. In fact, we’ve been surprised at what a good storage apple it is. Tree is vigorous and grows upright.

It was a treat to meet Sally Dawson, Sal herself, some years ago. Apparently there was also a Sour Sal, but that one seems to have disappeared!

Blooms midseason. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)

174 Sweet Sal
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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

For more info:
About Apples
Pick the Right Apple interactive chart
About Cider Apples
Planting distances
About Apple rootstocks