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Fuji apple tree

Malus domestica 'Fuji'

Fuji

Although Fuji originates from Japan, its parentage is all-American, a cross between Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. In terms of shape and skin texture it looks like Ralls Janet - but with the strong red coloration of Red Delicious overlaid to produce a lovely pink hue - Fuji really is a very attractive apple. The colors can vary from red/pink flush over yellow to a deeper speckled pink.

The flavor is mild, and pleasantly sweet with very little tartness. Fuji has the potential to achieve high quality flavor and texture when grown in the right conditions. It also has remarkable keeping qualities, even in natural cold storage.

Fuji is unusual in that there are a number of different forms or "sports", many of them ripening much earlier than the original forms. Customers in the northern states may have more success with the early ripening Fuji variants: Rising Sun, September Wonder, Beni Shogun - these should all ripen in September. The later ripening forms include Sun Fuji, Myra, Nagano Red (as well as the original Fuji) - and typically ripen in late October.

Fuji apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock

How to grow

The key requirement to be aware of when considering growing Fuji is that it needs a warm climate and a very long growing season - picking of the original (late ripening) forms is likely to take place in October - November. Customers in the northern states may have more success with the September-ripening variants. If you live in the southern states or southern California, Fuji definitely deserves consideration.

Fuji seems to be a variety that repays care and attention by the grower during the growing season.

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Historical details

Developed in Japan, released in the 1960s. Ralls Janet x Red Delicious.

Fuji characteristics

  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • FireblightVery susceptible
  • MildewSome resistance
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Woolly aphidSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirementLow-chill
  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorPink

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