Shizuka apple trees

  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice

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

Mature height*
1-year Shizuka apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
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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


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Juice style: Sweeter


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Poor
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Scab: Some susceptibility


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit color: Green / Yellow
  • Fruit size: Large

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.
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