Origin Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Kentville, Nova Scotia, 1986.
Parentage Nova Easygro x (Red Spy x Golden Delicious).
Availability Early October to May.
Source Limited quantities of certified budwood (elite level) are now available from the Okanagan Plant Improvement Company (PICO).
Quality Novaspy is very similar to Northern Spy with a tart/sweet and slightly astringent apple flavour. Flesh is crisp and moderately juicy; slightly sweeter than Spy and McIntosh.

Size Medium to large. At Kentville they have grown up to 200 g when thinned.
Surface Smooth.
Ground Colour Greenish yellow.
Over Colour Approximately 85% blushed and striped with dark red, with slight russet at the cavity.
Flesh Colour Fresh fruit is a creamy yellow. Processed fruit has the same yellow hue and brightness as Northern Spy.
Harvest Season Earlier than Spy. For pies, fruit should be harvested between October 4 to 10, when starch index is 4 to 6 and internal ethylene < 1 ppm. Earlier harvest fruit is not suitable for processing. Fruit does not drop.
Storage Regime comparable to that used for Spy. Current Controlled Atmosphere (CA) recommendations are 2.5% O2 and 4.5% CO2. Fruit from young trees appears susceptible to CO2 damage so levels should be monitored. Novaspy should not be sstored for more than four months in air, but will retain good quality in CA for up to 8 months. For best processing quality, there should be no delay between harvest and CA storage.
Strains None known.

Vigour Moderately vigourous.
Habit Upright spreading, few laterals, branch angles more open than Spy, some blind wood. Compared to Spy, it is not as vegetative, less shoot growth within canopy, less canopy all together. Will probably have management requirements similar to Cortland, given similarity of tree type.
Fruit Placement Spurs and tips, able to mature two fruit per cluster.
Bloom Period Mid season.
Pollination Research on pollinizers is in progress but it appears to set crops easily.
Crop Productive, annual, precocious. Bears in third year on M9 and MM106. When crop was adjusted for tree size in a trial at Kentville, Novaspy was in the most heavily cropping group. Fruit size keeps increasing through fall, like Spy and Cortland, unlike Empire or Delicious.
Synchrony Ripens evenly; can be harvested in one pick.
Adaptation Field observations following recent test winters in Ontario and Nova Scotia indicate that it is very cold hardy (rating = 2, where 1 = extremely hardy, 9 = extremely tender) though controlled low-temperature trials have not been done.
Disease Reaction Field immunity to scab. Moderately resistant to powdery mildew (ON). Susceptible to juniper apple rust at Smithfield (ON) and Geneva (NY). Untested for fireblight and quince rust. Bitter pit has been seen but Novaspy is less sensitive than Spy.
Insect Reaction Early observations indicate that Novaspy is fairly resistant to mullein bug and brown bug. Its susceptibility to rosy apple aphid is similar to McIntosh, less than Gravenstein and Cortland.
Rootstock Has been grown successfully in Nova Scotia on several rootstocks including M9, M26, MM106, BA seedling and KSC3 and no incompatibilities have been observed to date.

This description is based on observations of the cultivar as grown on a limited scale in commercial orchards of the Annapolis Valley and in test plots at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centres at Kentville, Nova Scotia and Smithfield, Ontario. It has also been in limited testing at Cornell University, Geneva, New York and Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregan.

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