Sansa apple trees

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

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.

Sansa apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Sansa apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Sansa apple trees bare-root
G.202, G.935, G.969, M.7 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Sansa 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

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.

Historical details

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

Sansa characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: No discolor (Good for drying)
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

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

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Very resistant
  • Mildew: Very resistant
  • Scab: Some resistance

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red