Sweet Sixteen - Zone 3b - An apple with a unique taste -

Sweet Sixteen - Zone 3b - An apple with a unique taste

The Sweet Sixteen apple tree offers a unique taste with a blend of spice, sweet, vanilla and cherry flavours. It is a must taste!

1-2 Feetin stock$35.00$0.00
2-3 Footin stock$40.00$0.00
3-5 Feetsold-out$45.00$0.00

The fruit

The Sweet Sixteen is a medium sized, sweet flavoured apple, with an acidic hint, that is crisp and very juicy. Yellowish in colour, and known for its unique taste (ranging from hints of cider, spices, anise, cherry, vanilla bourbon and nuttiness to name a few) it's an excellent apple to eat fresh but also gives good results when cooked. The taste is more refined when the summer is not too hot. Its fruit matures on a three week period and will keep for 1-2 months in a cool room.

The tree

The Sweet Sixteen apple tree has some resistance to most diseases. Hardy to zone 3b, it's quite vigorous and easy to grow.


William H AldermanThe Sweet Sixteen apple can be traced back to the work of Dr. William H. Alderman. In 1936, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Dr. Alderman crossed the varieties Minnesota 447 (also known as Frostbite) and Northern Spy, to produce an apple treethat he named MN1593. In 1947, a series of tests on the MN1593 variety were carried out. This continued for 31 years until Sweet Sixteen was released to nurseries in 1978. You can see Dr. Alderman in the photo. Just as we are, Dr. Alderman was also promoting standard rootstock on apple trees when growing in northern areas.

Height at maturity7 metres (23 feet)
Spacing9 metres (30 meters)
Hardiness zone3b
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
Average fruit weight
Fruit colorRed
Years to bear fruit5
Latin nameMalus sp. Sweet Sixteen (Malus sp. Frostbite x Malus sp. Northern Spy)
Average diameter of fruit
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