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Shizuka apple

Same parentage as Mutsu (Crispin). Large. Yellow with red-orange blush. Sweeter with less acid than Mutsu (not necessarily preferable), but excellent flavor.

Shizuka apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Shizuka

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    See also

    Visitor reviews

    • 19 Mar 2019  NY, United States
      Along with Mutsu and Gold Rush, this is my favorite apple variety. Tend to be huge, at least where we buy them.
    • 15 Nov 2018  United States
      Just discovered this variety of apples, and it is absolutely my new favorite. Why aren't they sold in grocery stores?
    • 06 Oct 2017  MI, United States
      Tried this for the first time - both fresh eating, and for applesauce. Delicious! I love a firm apple! We don't add sugar to applesauce and these have just the right sweetness by themselves! I'm sold!!
    • 17 Mar 2016  SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY, United States
      I tried this for the first time last Autumn at Harbes Farm in Riverhead. The flavor was totally unique to me with no acidity but not overly sweet with a velvety texture. This was a favorite for our family and we'll definitely return to get more this year. We got 6 huge 4" diameter apples for $8 which is a bargain compared to supermarket apples.
    • 20 Oct 2015  MASSACHUSETTS, United States
      Went apple picking at Smolak Farms in Massachusetts and spotted a row of what I thought were Golden Delicious. Finally came across the sign that said they were Shizuka which I'd never heard of. They were just as delicious as the Goldens and I'd definitely pick them again.
    • 12 Oct 2015  IL, United States
      This is one of the juiciest and sweetest apple I have ever tried. Perfectly crisp.
    • 29 Sep 2012  MD, United States
      We tried this apple for the first time today at a farmer's market. My husband & I both enjoyed it! The farmer gave us a whole apple for a sample and we ended up buying a 1/4 peck!
    • 12 Sep 2012  NY, United States
      we have a couple of rows of Shizuka - they always get good flavor reviews.
    • 20 Oct 2011  United States
      I tried this for the first time today and like John said, it's one of the best apple varieties I've ever tasted! I usually go for red apples, specifically Galas, but this definitely gives them a run for their money!
    • 17 Oct 2011  TINLEY PARK, United States
      We recently went apple picking and the farm had some of this variety. Since none of us had heard of it before, of course we had to try them. They were some of the best apples any of us have every had. Why you never see these in the stores surprises me.

    Tree register

    United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Golden Delicious x Indo
    • Originates from: Japan


    • Country of origin: Japan
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flesh colour: White
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Fruit shape: Conical


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Cooking result: Textured puree
    • Juice style: Sweeter
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Juice
    • Picking month: October
    • Picking period: early October
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


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


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Poor
    • Powdery mildew: Some resistance
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Some susceptibility
    • Fire blight: Some susceptibility
    • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Shizuka apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Shizuka:

    United States


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