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Shizuka apple tree

Shizuka is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

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
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistancePoor
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originJapan
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourWhite
  • Fruit colorGreen / Yellow

Similar varieties

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