Fuji Apple Tree Overview
The Fuji apple tree is well known not only for producing apples with very long shelf life, but also for being great apple of choice for eating fresh. In fact, according to the US Apple Association it is one of the most popular apple varieties in the United States. The popularity may be due to its sweet, crisp and honey-like flavor! Moreover, the fruit can contain about 10% sugar. Fuji is medium in size and has yellow base color covered in pink or reddish orange color.
Tohoku Research Station in Fujisaki, Japan developed the cultivar in 1930. It became known worldwide around 1960. It is a cross between ‘Red Delicious’ and ‘Virginia Ralls Genet’ (also known as “Rawls Jennet”). The apple is named Fuji after the hometown called Fujisaki. There is an annual Fujisaki Autumn Festival, which is dedicated to apples, particularly to Fuji, as well as rice.
Just like any other apple tree, the Fuji apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. The tree can grow well in hardiness zones 4 to 8. The tree is moderately vigorous upright spreading tree and produces heavy crop each year. However, the tree may need thinning to prevent it from bearing crop biennially. Blooms during mid-season. After picking can keep well in cold storage for six months or more. The chilling requirement is only 500-600 hours below 45°F. It’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: eating fresh, dessert
- Taste: Sweet, crisp, honey-like flavor
- Size: Medium
- Color: Yellow background with pink/reddish orange skin color. Color can vary depending on the mutation.
- Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – somewhat resistant
- Fireblight – very susceptible
- Mildew – somewhat resistant
- Cedar apple rust– slightly susceptible
- Woolly aphid – slightly susceptible
- Harvest period: 5
- Flowering Group: 4
- Cross Pollinates with: Akane, Granny Smith, Harry Masters Jersey, Honeycrisp to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Upright spreading tree. Can take some time to bear crop, therefore needs a long ripening time. Spur bearer. Produces heavy cropping. Needs thinning to prevent it from bearing crop biennially.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for six months.
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