Crispin Apple Tree Overview
The Crispin apple tree (also known as Mutsu) is a very versatile apple variety with many uses. In fact, it is great for eating fresh due to its juicy sweet flavour as well as baking and making pie because it holds shape very well. Moreover, it is also used for making juice and cider due to its sweet, juicy, sharp flavor. Crispin apples are large in size with green colored skin and cream colored flesh.
Origins of Crispin apple go back to the 1930s, developed at Aomori Research Station in Kurioshi, Japan. It is a cross between Golden Delicious and a Japanese variety called Indo. Commonly known as “Mutsu,” but in 1968 named Crispin for the European and American markets.
Just like any other apple tree, the Crispin apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. While it can grow in different conditions, it does particularly well in warmer climates. Grows well in hardiness zones 4 to 8. The tree is vigorous and produces good crop. It is a spur bearing spreading tree. Once fruit is ready for harvest, you can pick and eat fresh or make dessert! Crispin apples can store well for up to four months while retaining their quality. This apple variety does not have good disease resistance and is susceptible to scab, mildew, cedar apple rust and fireblight. Crispin is not self fertile and needs a good pollinator, however it is not a good pollinator for other varieties.
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, juice, making cider, sauce, baking, making pie
- Taste: juicy, sweet, sharp-sweet
- Size: large sized
- Color: green colored fruit, cream colored flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 4-8
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – susceptible
- Mildew – susceptible
- Cedar apple rust – susceptible
- Fireblight – susceptible
- Blister Spot – susceptible
- Harvest period: 4, late September- October
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross pollinates with: Dabinett, Empire, Enterprise, Ginger Gold, Goldrush, Honeycrisp, Kingston Black, Pristine, Sansa, and Sundance to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is vigorous. It is a spreading spur bearer. Tends to have good cropping.
- Storage: Can keep well in storage for four months. Usually improves in flavor during the first two months.