Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Mutsu (Crispin) apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 

Mutsu is an unusually versatile apple. Its large size and juicy acidity make it an excellent apple for the kitchen. Slices keep their shape when baked, but it can also be cooked for apple sauce, and slices can be dried too.

Mutsu's Golden Delicious parentage also lends it an excellent sweet flavor for eating fresh, particularly if you like sharper apples. In a good year from a good tree, Mutsu's crisp sharp-sweet flavor can be very good indeed.

All in all this is an apple with many talents, and one of that select band of apple varieties that is equally good for eating fresh or in the kitchen.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Mutsu (Crispin) apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) Sun $29.00

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.

Summary features of Mutsu (Crispin)

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Poor?
  • Ploidy: Triploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some resistance?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Green
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Low-chill requirement
    600 hours
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Mutsu (Crispin)

Mutsu (Crispin) is in flowering group 3. Mutsu (Crispin) is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Mutsu (Crispin)) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Mutsu (Crispin). If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Mutsu (Crispin) apple trees

Mutsu is a triploid variety, so not a good pollinator for other apple varieties.

Disease resistance is average, but like all triploid varieties it is a strong-growing tree that can tolerate a few problems without much effect.

Mutsu likes a warm climate but with cool fall nights.



Historical details

Mutsu was developed in Japan in the 1930s, and is a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo. It has become steadily popular in both North America (where it is often known as Mutsu) and parts of Europe (where it is known as either Crispin or Mutsu).


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Crispin'




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