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Sweet Sixteen Apple


MN447 (Frostbite) x Northern Spy

University of Minnesota Hort. Research Station

originally MN1630, introduced 1977

 

Grafted 2019 on a1 unknown rootstock
 (old Fireside rootstock sucker)

 

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"Fall - "Fine-textured crisp flesh, Excellent fresh eating, sweet. Round-conic bronze-red medium-sized fruit, striped and washed with rose-red. Annual bearer if thinned. Very hardy. Vigorous vase-shaped tree grows upright with willowy branches. Keeps till midwinter. Some resistance to scab. z3."



2021 / 2022 / 2023 - Doing fine, reasonable though fairly slow growth.


2020 - Strong growth, healthy, 2 1/2'^. Branches not balanced, pruned some and staked to get a leader going up.


2019 - 8/3 Good growth, healthy, chest high.


2018 - Grafted again with scion from Drew, Iowa, same rootstock (found split near bottom but healed nicely), right side up this time, at 30". Good scion growth, 5" tip plus two 4" sides. Looks good.


2017 - Grafted waxed scion on older a1 rootstock from cut-down old Fireside apple. Didn't pop but scion still green. Realized we had grafted it upside down! Cut it off.



Online Notes: SemiKeeper. z3-6.  ..complex combination of sweet, nutty and spicy flavors with slight anise essence.  moderate-sized  that get loaded with fruit but do not break. Best grown in northern districts. , scab & fireblight resistant.... Uniquely flavored sweet, crisp apple with good storage qualities. ... If you ripen it well, there will be no mistaking the cherry candy flavor. The fruit can be very large, attractive, and good for all purposes. Excellent in sweet cider. Very cold hardy. ... (nikolai1994) -48F conditions this past winter killed the Sweet 16 and State Fair above the snow line, but ..aggressively sending out new leaders. This is the first year I've had hardiness problems.. survived -42F last year fully.



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