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.
Next deliveries will be in spring 2022.
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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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Developed at the Morioka Experimental Station, Japan, 1937. A cross between Jonathan and Worcester Pearmain. Sometimes known as Tokyo Rose.