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Malus domestica 'Fuji'

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MAY-lus doh-MESS-tik-a
Description

The Fuji apple is a hybrid created in Japan in the 1930's with two American apple varieties, Red Delicious and old Virginia Ralls Genet. It is named after the town near the research station, Fujisaki.

The mature size of the tree depends on the version you choose, dwarf at 8 to 10 feet or semi-dwarf at 12 to 15 feet. Pollinators are needed for apple trees. For this species, potential pollinizers could be Rome or Braeburn. Almost any apple tree would work if the bloom periods overlap so that male and female flowers are blooming at the same time, usually on separate trees. Therefore, check the bloom time for your area for both the Fuji and other nearby pollinating apple trees. This goes for most apple trees.

The Fuji tree will produce apples in 3 to 5 years. Soil type needed is average to loamy but responds to enriched soil with better production. Most apple trees do best with a slightly acidic soil pH in the range of 5.0 to 6.8.

Pink backside and white frontside flowers appear in April. Fruit usually ripens about mid October. With refrigeration, apples can last up to 4 to 6 months.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Malus
    Species:
    domestica
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan, United States
    Wildlife Value:
    Pollinators visit blooms in April.
    Edibility:
    Fuji apples are usually round in shape and the size depends on multiple cultivars. It is crisp and sweet, great for fresh eating. It does not color well but the quality is superb. Ripens in October. It can be eaten raw, frozen, baked, or cooked as most any fruit can be.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Description:
    The apple is round and red with some speckles in the backgrond
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pinkish petal backing with white face flowers bloom in April. The blooms are small and in clusters on individual short stems.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies