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Grafted Apples

Esopus Spitzenburg

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Thomas Jefferson’s favorite; dessert apple for connoisseurs. Medium to large, round conical, orangeish fruit with tough skin, russet dots and inconspicuous stripes. Crisp, fine grained, spicy, juicy, yellowish flesh. Rich, aromatic flavor. Ripens unevenly; hangs well into November. Average to good when tree ripe; radically improves in storage. Keeps until May. Tends to bear biennially. Pollinator required. Susceptible to fireblight, scab and canker. Hardy to Zone 4. Requires 800 chilling hours. Originated in Esopus, NY. Introduced in 1790.

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