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Shizuka apple tree

Shizuka is a sister of Mutsu (also known as Crispin) and shares the same parentage. It has a much sweeter character than its sibling, and is the better choice if you prefer a sweet eating apple. However its lack of acidity makes it a bit less versatile than Mutsu in the kitchen.

The apples are quite large, and usually a pale yellow-green color, although this can often be overlaid with an extensive orange flush.

Shizuka apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.16 rootstock

How to grow

Both Mutsu and Shizuka are triploid varieties, so will not cross-pollinate with other apples. Like Mutsu it appears to be quite susceptible to disease, but in practice its natural vigor means it does not succumb to problems that easily and it is overall quite a reliable tree for the home orchard.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Shizuka characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyTriploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Cooking resultTextured puree
  • Juice styleSweeter
  • General resistancePoor
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorGreen / Yellow
  • Fruit sizeLarge

Similar varieties

  • See also Mutsu (Crispin)
    Mutsu (Crispin)
    Mutsu (or Crispin) is a high quality apple from Japan, with a good flavor, and also sharp enough for cooking.