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

Sansa apple trees

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

Sansa is one of the best-flavored and sweetest early-season apple varieties. It is similar in flavor and size to Gala, one of its parents, although as might be expected from an early-season apple it has some acidity too.

Like most early-season apples Sansa does not keep, and is best eaten straight from the tree. It can be kept fresh in a fridge for a week or so.

Aside from its short storage life, it can really be considered as an improved Gala-style apple, and is a far better choice if you want to grow apples with little or no spraying.

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

Sansa apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M7 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.935 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $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.

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Summary features of Sansa

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Scab: Some resistance?
  • Mildew: Very resistant?
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Early?
  • Use / keeping: 1 week?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

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


Pollination guide for Sansa

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

How to grow Sansa apple trees

Although developed for flavor rather than disease resistance, Sansa turns out to have good natural resistance to cedar apple rust, mildew, and scab - probably inherited from its Akane parent which is also naturally resistant.

Sansa is of average vigor, but a good cropper - a quality it probably inherits from Gala.

Like Gala and Akane, Sansa has a wide climate range and can be grown in most areas of the USA.

Varieties with similar picking times to Sansa

< Slightly earlier

AkaneGravenstein

About the same time

PriscillaRedfree


Historical details

Japan, 1980s. A cross between Gala and Akane.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Sansa'




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