The Mutsu, or Crispin, Apple is a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo apple, a cultivar first grown in Japan. It is a large to very large, greenish yellow to yellow apple with a conical shape with a sweetly tart flavor.
Once you taste a Mutsu apple, you'll wonder if you've ever really tasted an apple before. The Mutsu apple tree provides its bounty in September, and what a bounty it is!
Crisp and juicy with an alluring hint of tartness, the Mutsu apple has a unique exotic flare. Some say the flavor is closer to apple cider than simply an apple itself.
Mutsu apples tend to be quite large; with a round shape and yellow coloration that has green tones. It has creamy white flesh and is delicious eaten right off the tree. It also is an excellent apple for baking, pies, sauces, salads and long term storage. The Mutsu tends to be a prolific producer so you're sure to have plenty of apples to share.
Your Mutsu apple tree will not only provide outstanding apples, but is also an attractive tree for the home landscape. Spring flowers will adorn your tree with their subtle pinks and whites, drawing pollinators to your yard. Its vibrant, green leaves will present a lush, healthy appearance in your yard all summer long.
Among the various choices in apple trees, the Mutsu is certainly an excellent one. It's easy to see why it's called a "million dollar apple" and its large size has contributed to the nickname,"oven buster", but you don't need many to make a pie.
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|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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The Mutsu apple - also known as the Crispin - has long been considered the connoisseurs cooking and baking apple. With its modest introduction and high-end specialized group of admirers in the past, the Mutsu may finally get the just recognition it deserves by those seeking high quality fruit today.
This was one of the first crosses done at the Japanese Apple Research Institute in Kuroshio City, Aomori Japan after it officially opened in 1931.
A cross between the Golden Delicious apple and the Indo apple, the Mutsu apple is named after the Mutsu Province of Japan an area in northern Japan which includes the Aomori Prefecture. Aomori is one of the largest apples growing regions in Japan dating back to 1875.
Introduced for sale in 1948, it was not until the mid-1960's that is was introduced outside of Japan, first under the name Crispin. The name Crispin did not catch on and Mutsu would remain its common name in the United States.
Today, Aomori Prefecture produces over 50 million tons of apples a year and is known for the exceptionally large fruit they are able to produce. The Mutsu apple is already a large fruit. On average, each fruit coming from the Aomori growers is a one-pound apple.
In 2005, the Guinness World Records recorded the world heaviest Apple, a variety named Hokuto (Fuji x Mutsu) that weighed 1.849 Kg or almost 5 pounds!
Also, a signature of the region is the bagging of each individual fruit on the tree to protect them from insect damage. The growers pride themselves on growing the world finest apples, which command top dollar. Many other varieties including the Fuji apple have found their road to fame through the Aomori Prefecture growers of Japan.
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Mutsu'|
|Mature Height||12-15 feet|
|Mature Spread||12-15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|
|When To Prune||When Dormant|