Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association

SWEET SIXTEEN APPLES RIPEN IN ANCHORAGE

December 9, 2007

 

 

A few years ago, Bob Boyer top worked Sweet Sixteen onto an old Siberian crab growing in Tony Route’s backyard near 8th & M just west of downtown Anchorage. The tree is one backyard north of the “8th & M mystery apple” which has been mentioned in past newsletters. The top worked tree is many decades old, possibly as old as the 8th & M mystery tree, which supposedly was planted around 1920. Tony Route reported to Bob Boyer that the Sweet Sixteen branch (or branches) bore ripe fruit this past fall. This is certainly welcome news, because Sweet Sixteen is a top quality apple that does well m the Zone 3-4 tier of northern New England and Minnesota.