Apple (Malus) 'Spartan'

Spartan Apple

Categories: Fruit Tree

A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), the Spartan apple was originally believed to be a cross between a McIntosh and Newton Pippin apple, however recent DNA testing has eliminated Newton as a possible parent. 

More About Apple (Malus) 'Spartan'

  • introduced in 1936
  • first apple to be introduced in formal scientific breeding program

Medium in size and round in shape the skin of the Spartan apple varies from bright red to dark purple red depending upon how long it is allowed to ripen on the tree. Its crisp white flesh is aromatic and exceptionally juicy with a balanced sweet tart apple flavor. An excellent keeper, the Spartan apple becomes slightly sweeter in cold storage 

We do NOT SHIP plants. ALL Sales are in person at our garden center.


12-18 ft


8-15 ft


10-20 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Apple (Malus) 'Spartan' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Specimen
  • Orchard Plant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil

Bearing/Fruiting Time

  • Mid season
  • Late season

Bloom Time

  • Mid season

Disease Resistance

  • apple scab resistant
  • fire blight resistant

Flower Color

  • Appleblossom Pink

Fruit Qualities

  • sweet
  • juicy
  • tart flavor
  • texture, hard/firm

Fruiting Attributes

  • medium size
  • all purpose
  • good for eating
  • good for cooking/baking
  • good for cold regions/very hardy


  • Spreading
  • Rounded

Plant Size

  • Semi-dwarf (12-18')