Akane apple trees

  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

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.

Akane apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Akane apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Akane apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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.

Akane characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh Cooking Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Discoloring: Very oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C (5) -20F / -29C (6) -10F / -23C (7) 0F / -18C (8) 10F / -12C (9) 20F / -7C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirement: Low-chill

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Red