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Also called crispin apple

Complex and spicy flavor. This tree is the result of a cross between the Golden Delicious and the sweet Japanese variety apple called Indo. Also known by the name Crispin Apple, the fruit is larger and rounder than Golden Delicious. Resists russeting and is best eaten fresh from the tree. Keeps well in proper storage without shriveling. Originates from Mutsu Province, Japan. Introduced in 1948. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late September or early October. Best pollinators: any Golden Delicious, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty.

Note: Triploid; cannot pollinate other apple trees.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow Green
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late September - Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Crisp, Juicy
Texture Coarse
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I put Matsu apples in pies. The slices stay firm when baked. That way I combine varieties in pies for a combination of textures and tastes.
Dean V on Apr 30, 2017
This is a really delicious apple. Crisp, Large.
Beverly O on Feb 22, 2017
I put Matsu apples in pies. The slices stay firm when baked. That way I combine varieties in pies for a combination of textures and tastes.
Dean V on Apr 30, 2017
great eating, crisp apple
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
This is a really delicious apple. Crisp, Large.
Beverly O on Feb 22, 2017
tasted at local orchard,good apple
john d on Jun 7, 2016
I have a Mutsu apple tree that I ordered several years ago. It is bothered little by pests and really produces a load of apples. We made applesauce with them last time and it was very good.
BRENDA V on Jun 5, 2016
Bought some at a farmers market last year and are a really good tasting apple
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
This is one of our favorite apples. We drive for miles to find an orchard that grows them every year, and are excited to finally have them in the yard
Michelle W on Apr 21, 2016
Tasted one at a farmers market, very unique taste.
David W on Apr 9, 2016
We grew them previously in California and absolutely loved them. They are great for making pies and for baked apples.
Linda B on Mar 16, 2016
This is my favorite apple.
Cheryl S on Feb 29, 2016
This is a hearty BEAST of an apple used for a variety of everything.
Alan B on Feb 28, 2016
great eating, crisp apple
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
tasted at local orchard,good apple
john d on Jun 7, 2016
Is Mutsu a good pie apple? How about disease resistance?
Cathy on Oct 16, 2016
Matsu is cross between a golden delicious and a Japanese Indo Apple. My dad had about 60 different apples trees. I have a new tree not bearing yet. But when I was a teen I remember making excellent cider with this Apple. It is also wonderful for baking my mother use to make Apple pizza and Apple cobbler with this Apple.
Far as disease resistance it depends on how much you spray and what area you live in United States. Look into it I would highly recommend this Apple you will not go wrong.
When do u plant mutsu apple trees?
Janice B on Oct 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Are the mutsu apple trees grown organically?
eva f on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't think it matters whether the seedling is grown organically or not ...
when you plant the seedling you can begin using organic methods and if the insects haven't destroyed the plant you'll begin harvesting organically grown apples within 3 to 5 years.
Will a white blossom crab apple pollinate a Mutsu?
Ken M on Oct 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It most certainly will. One of the best white-blossom crabapple pollinators is Whitney, which you can read more about here:
why my mitsu apple bloom on new grow at the tip of the branch?
tom y on May 4, 2017

Customer Reviews

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Mutsu Apple
Mutsu has become my favorite apple for fresh eating. It is big and exceptionally sweet. So I planted one that I ordered from Stark Bros and when it arrived, it was well pruned and a very healthy tree. The tree is growing exceptionally well and I look forward to the day it begins to bear.
June 2, 2016
over 2 years ago
Overall my favorite apple. Easy care and great flavor. Stores very well. Best when tree ripened
May 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Excellent Apple
I ordered this tree and it is the best apple ever! it is good to eat and I make a lot of apple pies out of them. As far as I am concerned this is the best apple overall than any others that I planted and the tree is very nice and straight.
May 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Very good eating apple, flavor and texture close to a 5.

Winterport, ME
May 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
They do not call this the million dollar apple in Japan for no reason. Great apple.
May 4, 2017
1 year ago
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