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Akane apple trees

  • Pick: Early-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

One of the best early-season apples, Akane is a marriage between the American Jonathan apple and the English Worcester Pearmain. In appearance it most closely resembles the Worcester Pearmain. For an early apple variety it has an unusually good balanced flavor, reflecting the influence of the high quality Jonathan.

Akane ripens late August - early September. Like most early varieties the apples do not keep that long, however they hang on the tree rather than falling and cropping can therefore take place over a number of weeks. For the best flavor leave to ripen fully. Akane can also be used for summer apple cookery, slices will keep their shape when cooked.

We do not produce that many Akane trees, but if we are out of stock, try one of its close relatives, Sansa.

Last orders for delivery to reach us by 30th April

Akane apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.16 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Akane

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?

Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Very oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Low-chill requirement
  • USDA Zone 4: Yes
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • USDA Zone 9: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -30F / -34C?

Pollination guide for Akane

Akane is in flowering group 4. Akane is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Akane apple trees

Akane is not a heavy cropper, but it is generally reliable. It is quite precocious and it comes into bearing on the more dwarf rootstocks after 2-3 years.

Fruit size can be small - it is a good idea to thin the fruitlets in late spring to encourage fewer / larger apples. This will also improve the flavor.

Akane can be considered a low-chill variety and is therefore suitable for warm climates up to USDA zone 9.

Historical details

Developed at the Morioka Experimental Station, Japan, 1937. A cross between Jonathan and Worcester Pearmain. Sometimes known as Tokyo Rose.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Akane'