North Pole Spire
Why you should be excited
North Pole Spire is a skinny tree that grows without any long side branches. The apple is much like a McIntosh.
The story of North Pole Spire
Yes, the fruit looks a lot like McIntosh.
That’d be because they’re closely related. North Pole Spire is a descendant of McIntosh Wijcik, a mutation of the original McIntosh that was discovered in British Columbia by a fellow named Wijcik.
The mutant tree grew straight and tall like its fellow Macs, but simply refused to make significant-sized side branches. The result was a narrow tree, well suited to small spaces and containers. This mutant tree has been used in breeding to create several new varieties, including North Pole Spire, all of which share this tall and skinny characteristic.
So here it is, essentially a super-skinny tree producing a Mac-like apple, except even redder.
North Pole Spire Facts
Bred in Canada; 1990s introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Juicy, crisp, white flesh with strong, straightforward apple flavour. Highly aromatic.
A bright red, often even crimson, apple.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in mid-September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for use in cider, although McIntosh -- this variety's ancestor -- has been popular in cider from the U.S. northeast.
Good (2 months when kept refrigerated).