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Apple (Malus) 'Spartan' ® MM106 (Espalier)

Apple (Malus) 'Spartan' ® MM106 (Espalier) Apple (Malus) 'Spartan' ® MM106 (Espalier)
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Apple (Malus) 'Spartan' ® MM106 (Espalier)

Price £ 79.99
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Apple Spartan

Parentage: McIntosh x Yellow Newton Pippin

Description: Spartan is a heavy-cropping, very popular dessert apple of McIntosh type. Fruit is maroon, sweet, juicy and crisp with a white flesh. At best, perfumed with flavour like a cross between strawberry and melon; often described as vinous. An apple that ripens quite late in the season, usually in early October but needs to be well coloured before picked for its best flavour. Grown commercially in Canada and the UK. A very good pollinator for other varieties.

History: Raised by R.C. Palmer at the Dominion Experiment Station, Summerland, British Columbia, Canada n 1926. First fruited in 1932; introduced in 1936.

Pollination Partners: Apple Bloody Ploughman Apple Charles Ross Apple Christmas Pippin Apple Discovery Apple Fiesta Apple Gala Apple James Grieve Apple Laxton's Superb Apple Lord Derby


General attributes

Comparatively trouble free Comparatively trouble free

Suitable for planting in any UK district Suitable for planting in any UK district


Uses for this variety

Suitable for eating Eating


Fruit attributes

Flowering group 3 Flowering group 3

Very good pollinator Very good pollinator

Picking month Early October Picking month Early October

Stores until January Stores until January

  • EAN code
  • Brand
    Frank Matthews - Trees for Life
  • Rootstock
    MM.106 - Semi vigorous
  • Flowering Group
    Group 3
  • Plant Type
    Fruit and Edible Plant
  • Foliage Type
  • Foliage Colour
  • Fruit Colour
  • Fruiting Period
  • Flower Form
  • Plant Habit
    Spreading / Branched
  • Garden Style
    Fruit Garden
  • Aspect
    North-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing
  • Sunlight
    Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loam, Sand
  • pH
  • Moisture
    Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
  • Hardiness (RHS rating)
    H6 -20 to -15ºC. Hardy - very cold winter
  • Attractive to Wildlife
    Attractive to Bees
  • Special Attributes
    Berries or Fruit
  • Pot Size
  • Uses for the Variety

Rootstocks are used to control the ultimate size of a tree, we use a wide range of rootstocks from very dwarf which are ideal for smaller gardens to very vigorous which are commonly used in traditional orchards. Rootstocks can also offer disease resistance and tolerance of difficult growing conditions.



M.27 - Very Dwarf. Produces the true mini tree, varieties reaching no more than 2 metres with little support required, excellent for the small garden. Fruit size small. Good for triploids on strong soils but will stunt diploides on poor soils.

M.9 - Dwarf. Very productive and induces good fruit size. Poor anchorage needing permanent staking. Ideal for cordons and spindles. There are over 100 M9 types and together they account for the majority of commercial orchards worldwide.

G.11- Dwarf. From the USA and bred in the 1960s this rootstock is a cross between M26 and Robusta 5. Resistant to fire blight, phytophthora and tolerant to frost, this rootstock is slightly more vigorous than M9 and more productive.

M.26 - Semi Dwarf. Requires support on most sites. Good for bush and cordons in limited spaces. Suits certain varieties well i.e Bramley and Egremont Russet. Can induce 'bare wood' in some varieties such as Cox. Susceptible to woolly aphid.

M.116 - Medium vigour. Although bred at East Malling Research Station some years ago this selection has only just become commercially available. Between MM106 and M26 in vigour this very productive rootstock has resistance to collar rot/phytophora, replant disease and woolly aphid. As productive as MM106 with 10% less vigour this is likely to prove to be an all round performer for many commercial (particularly cider) and amateur situations.

MM.106 - Semi vigorous. General purpose for most types of tree; bush, cordon and half standard. Very productive from an early age. Can succumb to collar rot or phytophora on poorly drained soils. Resistant to woolly aphid.

MM.111 - Vigorous. Produces a standard on good soils and half standard on poor soils, excellent collar rot and general disease resistance. Resistant to woolly aphid.

M.25 - Very vigorous. Ideal for half and full standard trees. Heavy crops from an early age. Not resistant to woolly aphid.



Gisela 5 - Dwarf. 50% of Colt. Ideal for commercial orchards, gardens and patio pots.

Weigi®2 - Dwarf. Comparable vigour to Gisela 5 but more robust to heat differences and stress. Increased fruit size and productivity.

Gisela 6 - Semi Dwarf. 75% of Colt. All the attributes of Gisela 5 but for less than good soils.

Colt - Semi vigorous. Fully compatible with all varieties, will contain trees to 4 - 5 metres. Considered very productive until the arrival of Gisela. Still good for bush and half standard cherries on thin soils.

Prunus F.12.1. - Very Vigorous. The best clonal selection of mazzard for standards. Good anchorage.



Compatibility: It should be noted that there are many incompatible varieties when worked on Quince (especially Quince C). In these instances a suitable interstock should be used and Beurre Hardy, Doyenne du Comice and Old Home are suitable. The latter will also impart some resistance to Fireblight.

Quince 'C' - Dwarf. and slightly earlier into cropping.

Quince Eline® - Dwarf. Similar size to Quince 'C' but more productive and very hardy. Smoother fruit with less russetting.

Quince 'A' - Semi Vigorous. The ideal root stock for bush trees.

Pyrodwarf - Vigourous. A German selection giving something between Q.A and Pyrus communis from early observations. Probably more vigorous than claimed. Early signs are very promising due to early fruiting influence, uniformity and resistance to fireblight through its Old Home parentage.

Pyrus communis (Seedling pear) - Very vigorous. More suitable for half standard and especially standard trees.

Pyrus Kirchensaller - Very vigorous. A more uniform and productive selection of Pyrus communis.


Apricots / Peaches / Nectarines / Plums

Pixy - Semi Dwarf. Ideal for size containment in the garden. On very strong soils it still has commercial use for strong growing shy cropping varieties such as Marjories, Avalon and Excalibur.

VVA-1 - Semi Dwarf. Pixy size with better fruit size, yield and winter hardiness.

Torniel - Semi-Dwarf. A specialist rootstock for improved fruiting yield and fruit size.

Krymsk 86 - Medium. Compatible with apricots, peaches and nectarines. More tolerant of heavy wet soils with better anchorage.

Plumina ® (Ferlenain) - Semi Dwarf. A French selection with similar tree size to Pixy but improved fruit size. Grows strongly in the first few years and then settles quickly into regular cropping. Some suckers.

Jaspi ® - Semi Vigorous. A french stock, untested as yet but with St Julien 'A' vigour and good resistance to root aphixiation in wet situations.

Wavit - Semi Vigorous. A robust disease resistant medium vigour, free standing and non suckering rootstock for plum, gage and damson, mirabelles and apricots proven to suit a wide range of soils and conditions. (SJA -10%)

St. Julien 'A' - Semi Vigorous. This is fully compatible with all plums, damsons, gages, peaches, nectarines and apricots and many ornamental prunus species. Good yield influence. Not suitable for poorly drained soils.

Brompton - Vigorous. Very suitable for standards, does not sucker and fully compatible with all varieties unlike its predecessor such as Myroblan.

This product is only available for local delivery to the postcodes below via our own delivery service. We will contact you to arrange delivery within 7 days of your order being placed.

£8.00  – NE13, NE20, NE3, NE5

£15.00 – NE12, NE15, NE2, NE23, NE4, NE7

£20.00 – NE1, NE21, NE22, NE24, NE28, NE40, NE41 - 42, NE6, NE8 

£25.00 – NE10, NE11, NE16 - 17, NE25 - 26, NE30, NE39, NE43, NE61 – 64, NE9  

£30.00 – NE31 – 38

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