Sansa apple trees

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

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
Out of stock
1-year Sansa apple trees bare-root
G.969 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
Out of stock

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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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

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
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • 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

Disease resistance

  • General 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 color: Red