Akane Apple Tree
The Akane Apple Tree is a unique, early-ripening, Japanese variety that is prized for its striking, bright red, crisp, juicy and flavorful fruit. One of the best disease-resistant varieties, Akane Apple is great for fresh eating and can be stored for several months.
Latin Name: Malus
Site and Soil: All apples like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: M-7 is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock. Regular apple trees grafted on M-7 rootstock will grow 12-16 ft. in height. Crabapples, Columnar, Espaliers, and Combination Apples will be smaller. M-7 is very hardy and adapted to most soils.
Considered a dwarf rootstock, Apple trees on M-26 typically grow 8-12 ft. in height and are usually spaced 8-12 ft. apart. Crabapples and Columnar will likely be smaller. M-26 induces early bearing, usually in 2-3 years after planting, and grows well in most soils, except very wet and poorly drained ones. On windy sites, trees grafted on M-26 may need staking.
Pollination Requirements: All apples need another variety nearby for pollination. Neighboring trees often offer sufficient pollen for good fruit set.
Hardiness: Akane is hardy to minus 30° F or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-12 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Akane is very resistant to Apple Scab. Codling Moth can create wormy apples and aphids can damage the foliage of apple trees.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 1-9, 14-16
Sunset Northeast Zone: All zones