Sansa Apple Tree Overview
The Sansa apple tree is a cross between Gala and Akane. In fact it’s an improved gala variety with higher yields and higher disease resistance. Although they taste like Galas, the sweetness is balanced by a little bit of tartness. Moreover the tree produces fruit that is crisp, sweet, and aromatic, excellent for fresh eating. Additionally, the skin is a beautiful red.
This tree is resistant to both apple scab and fire blight. However, it is moderately susceptible to brown rot. Not only is it easy to grow and maintain, but it is also vigorous and has an upright spreading tendency. Lastly, it can grow in hardiness zones 5 to 8.
Yoshio Yoshida from Japan and Don McKenzie from New Zealand developed this variety collaboratively in 1969. After testing it for twenty more years at the Morioka Research Station, they released it in 1988 and named it Sansa.
As with other apple trees, you will need to water once a week during its first year and during the fruiting season. If there is drought, you can water more frequently. This tree needs moist but well-draining soil. In order to retain the moisture, you can place mulch around the tree. Additionally, be sure to clear the weeds next to the tree since this will decrease the competition for nutrients.