An excellent, scab-immune dessert apple.
Mutsu Apple Scionwood (Spring 2023)
The Million Dollar Apple from Japan. Also known as Crispin.
The tree is vigorous and large; it will need extra space in the orchard. A triploid, Mutsu should be grown with two diploid pollenizers for full fertility. It is somewhat susceptible to fireblight, scab, powdery mildew, and cedar-apple rust, and it will need to be thinned to maintain annual bearing. It is also highly susceptible to blister spot, but this is a cosmetic issue that will be of concern only to commercial growers. Trees may need scoring to force buds low on the trunk to form scaffold limbs. Mutsu has a comparatively low chill hours requirement (500-600 hours).
These apples are really, really big. They are our last major crop at our U-pick farm, and they have a faithful following of pickers who come every year to finish the apple season by packing as many pumpkin-sized Mutsus as they can carry into a sack or a laundry basket. It's an excellent eating apple, and it makes first-class juice, pie, and sauce. The fruit is large, oblong, and irregular. The smooth greenish-yellow skin is waxy and clear with a copper blush, and the dense flesh is crisp, juicy, and coarse-grained with a sprightly flavor. The fruit does not shrivel when stored, and it will hold its flavor through winter. Some growers report issues with bitter pit, but we have not seen this.
Mutsu was developed in 1937 as a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo. From the Aomori Research Station, Kurioshi, Japan, it was introduced to the US in 1948. In Japan, Mutsu is known as the Million Dollar Apple, and sells at very high prices. Individual fruits are often grown in paper bags on the tree, causing them to develop a crystal yellow or pinkish color, but the bagging diminishes flavor.
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Subcategory: Cold-Hardy, Hot-Climate
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, baking, storage, jelly, sauce
Storage duration: three plus months (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: green
Flesh color: cream
Parentage: Golden Delicious x Indo
Introduced in: 1937
Introduced by: Aomori Research Station, Kurioshi, Japan
Calendar & Geography
USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: 600
Ripening date: Nov 03 (approximate, in New York State) + 49 days after McIntosh
Diseases & Pests
Alternaria Leaf Blotch: Resistant
Apple Blister Spot: Very Susceptible
Apple Scab: Susceptible
Cedar-Apple Rust: Susceptible
Perennial Canker: Susceptible
Powdery Mildew: Very Susceptible
Bloom group: 3
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? N
This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Mutsu Apple. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.
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|Frequin Rouge Apple||0|
|St. Edmund's Russet Apple||0|
|Harry Masters Jersey Apple||0|
|Sturmer Pippin Apple||0|
|Northwest Greening Apple||0|
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