Nova Spy Apple Tree Overview
The Nova Spy apple tree is the result of an experiment to make Northern Spy apple variety more disease resistant! Developed at the Agricultural Research Station in Nova Scotia, Canada as a cross between Nova Easygro and New York 44411-1 (Northern Spy and Golden Delicious). Released to apple lovers in 1986.
This medium to large sized fruit has a lovely dark red color. Excellent choice for eating fresh as you will love the crisp and juice taste as well as its mild tartness. In addition, Nova Spy is good ingredient for making delicious pies. Commonly, due to its tartness it’s been the apple of choice to add to apple cider.
Nova Spy apple trees are moderately vigorous and upright spreading hardy trees. You will start to see fruit within three years. This apple tree variety bears fruit every year, however, it’s not very heavy in crops. Nova Spy keeps well in storage for up to 16 weeks and is resistant to common apple diseases like scab and mildew.
- Uses: eating fresh, pie, used to make cider due to its tartness
- Taste: tart, crisp, juicy, sweet
- Size: medium to large sized
- Color: green yellow in fruit color with dark red blushes and some russetting, creamy to yellow flesh color
- Hardiness Zones: 4 – 8
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – resistant
- Mildew– resistant
- Fireblight – resistant
- Rust – susceptible
- Harvest period: 5, late season (early to mid October)
- Flowering period: mid-season
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross pollinates with: Enterprise, Gale Gala, Galarina, Goldrush, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Melrose, Newtown Pippin, Northern Spy, Pristine, Redfree, Sansa, Suncrisp, Winecrisp, Wolf River.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Upright spreading tree. Partial tip bearer. Although bears fruit annually, not particularly heavy in crops. Can start to bear fruit within three years.
- Storage: Keeps well in storage for four months (16 weeks).
- Ease of care: easy