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Sansa apple tree

Sansa
Sansa is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.210, G.890, G.935 rootstock
  • 3Large 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    B.118 rootstock
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Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022, but you can pre-order now.


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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • General resistanceGood
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cedar apple rustVery resistant
  • MildewVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorRed