Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top 25

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


Cider Kings

We definitely don't stop at 25 varieties. In fact, we consider these 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples and a diminutive super-juicer thrown in) to be the secret to Real Cider. They're most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The Whole 333+

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our Top 25 or Cider Kings lists is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 333+ apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Northpole Spire

Why you should be excited:

Northpole Spire is a skinny tree that grows without any long side branches. The apple is much like a McIntosh.


apple_northpolespire.jpgThe story of Northpole Spire:

Yes, the fruit looks a lot like McIntosh.

That’d be because they’re closely related. Northpole 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 Northpole 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.

Northpole Spire Facts

Its origins:

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:


Keeping ability:

Good (2 months when kept refrigerated).

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