Spartan is a historically interesting apple, being probably the first new variety to be developed as the result of a formal scientific breeding programme. It was created at the Canadian Apple Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia, in the 1920s, and is a cross between McIntosh (of course !) and Newtown Pippin - both popular North American apples of the time.
Species: Malus domestica
Parentage: McIntosh x Newtown Pippin
Introduced / discovered: 1926
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