Fuji apples are typically round and range from large to very large, averaging 75 mm in diameter. They contain between 9–11% sugars by weight and have a dense flesh that is sweeter and crisper than many other apple cultivars, making them popular with consumers around the world. Fuji apples also have a very long shelf life compared to other apples, even without refrigeration. With refrigeration, Fuji apples can remain fresh for up to a year.
Botanical name: Malus domestica 'Fuji'
Zone range: 5 - 8
Size at maturity: 15 - 20' Tall X 15 - 20' Wide
- Harvest: September
- Sun level: Full sun
- Soil composition: Loamy
Soil moisture: Well-drained
Optimal soil pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Years to bear: 2 - 5
Best pollinators: Cortland, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Gala, Golden Delicious
The Fuji apple is an apple hybrid developed by growers at Tohoku Research Station in Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan, in the late 1930s, and brought to market in 1962. It originated as a cross between two American apple varieties—the Red Delicious and old Virginia Ralls Genet (sometimes cited as "Rawls Jennet") apples. According to the US Apple Association website it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States. Its name is derived from the first part of the town where it was developed: Fujisaki.