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Apples: Malus domestica 'Mutsu'

Botanical name: Malus domestica 'Mutsu'

Common name: apple

also known as (Malus domestica 'Crispin', semi-dwarf apple)

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chief cultivator

Mercer island, Wa

at a glance

Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 5a thru 8b
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
deciduous
Category:   
Attributes:

bee attracting, edible

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description for "Apples: Malus domestica 'Mutsu'"

'Mutsu' is usually larger than 'Yellow Delicious', round, and truly golden. The remarkable flavor has the barest hint of anise, and is always delicately spicy, crisp, juicy. Resists russeting, eat right from the tree. Keeps well in storage without shriveling. Resists frost injury in the north. Ripens late September in milder areas, October north to Canada. For large growers as well as home growers. Yields an average of 5 bushels with some variation depending on the season. Will reach a height of 10-12 feet at maturity. Plant trees 15-20 feet apart. One-year plant. Needs well drained soil. Full sun is best, but must have at least a half day of sun. Good for an espalier. Two varieties are needed for pollination. 'Cortland', 'McIntosh' and 'Yellow Delicious' are particularly effective pollinators. 'Mutsu' is not a pollinator of other apple varieties. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

History:

'Mutsu' is a cross between 'Yellow Delicious' with 'Indo' made originally in Japan.

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