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Nova Spy Apple Tree

Wonderful, Complex Flavor


An improved version of the beloved Northern Spy. Introduced from Nova Scotia, Nova Spy starts bearing apples in just three years, while Northern Spy takes 10 years. The large fruits have a wonderful, tart-sweet, vanilla-like flavor and are excellent for fresh eating, pies and cider. Exhibits resistance to fire blight and scab. Matures in mid-October. Best pollinators are: Liberty, Goldrush, McIntosh, Jonathan, Sweet 16 and Honeycrisp. Standard trees grow up to 25 ft. tall. Li'l Big Trees grow 6 ft. tall. Plant in full sun. Premium trees include 2 oz. of Quick-Cal Pelletized Calcium to enhance fruit quality, 12-oz. bag of Fruit Tree Food Starter Formula and premium tree guard to protect the trunk from gnawing pests, mowers and weed trimmers. Li'l Big Deluxe also includes a tree support. Zones 4-8.

Why buy a Standard Deluxe or Li'l Big Deluxe package - Deluxe fruit trees include 2 oz. Quik-Cal Pelletized Calcium, 12 oz. bag of Fruit Tree Food Starter Formula and a premium tree guard to protect the trunk for gnawing pests, weed trimmers and mowers. Li'l-BIG™ Deluxe fruit trees also include our innovative tree support, recommended for all Li'l-BIG trees.

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  • Standard 2-4 Ft-1 tree
  • $32.99
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  • Botanical Name: Malus domestica
  • Height: Standard trees grow up to 25 feet tall.
  • Spacing: 15 feet minimum for standard
  • Depth: Graft or bud union should be just above the soil line. Look for plant depth indicator.
  • Spread: 15 feet
  • Light Required: Full sun.
  • Pollinator: Liberty, GoldRush, McIntosh, Jonathan, Sweet 16, Honeycrisp.
  • Yield: Approximately 5 - 10 bushels at maturity for standard, 1/2 bushel for Li'l BIG.
  • Foliage: Green foliage.
  • Blooms: Mid to late season.
  • Fruit: Fruit is large round with a red blush over yellow. Texture is firm, hard and juicy. Flavor is tart sweet or complex.
  • Zone: 4 - 8.
  • Form: Deciduous. Upright.
  • Flower Form: Yes.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, deep soil that is reasonably fertile.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate and vigor.
  • Pruning: There are normally two goals when pruning an apple tree: 1. Initially on young trees to encourage a strong, solid framework 2. On mature trees to maintain shape and encourage fruit production. The best time to prune apple trees is in late Winter or very early Spring before any new growth starts.
  • Comments: Nova Spy was introduced in 1995 from Nova Scotia. This tree is best described as a disease resistant version of the Northern Spy. However, unlike the Northern Spy, this one bears much quicker. It has slightly better fruit size and more complexity of flavor. (rich vanilla-like). Unable to ship to AE, AK, GU, HI, PR.

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