Mutsu, often known as Crispin, is an unusually versatile apple. Its large size and juicy acidity make it an excellent apple for the kitchen. Slices keep their shape when baked, but it can also be cooked to a puree, and slices can be dried too.
Mutsu's Golden Delicious parentage also lends it an excellent sweet flavour for eating fresh, particularly if you like sharper apples. In a good year from a good tree, Mutsu's crisp sharp-sweet flavour can be very good indeed.
Unusually for such an international variety (Japan and the USA) Crispin is quite commonly planted in small orchards and can often be found in farm shops.
All in all, this is an apple with many talents, and one of that select band of apple varieties that is equally good for eating fresh or in the kitchen.
Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.
We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.
Crispin (Mutsu) is in flowering group 3. Crispin (Mutsu) is a triploid variety and cannot pollinate other varieties. It needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. You can either plant a self-fertile variety (which will pollinate itself and the Crispin (Mutsu)) or you can plant two pollination partners which must each be of different varieties and able to cross-pollinate each other as well as the Crispin (Mutsu). If you need further advice on this just get in touch. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.
Mutsu is a triploid variety, so not a good pollinator for other apple varieties.
Disease resistance is average, but like all triploid varieties it is a strong-growing tree that can tolerate a few problems without much effect.
Mutsu as a slight preference for warm climates, but with cool autumn nights.
Mutsu was developed in Japan in the 1930s, and is a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo. It has become steadily popular in both North America (where it is often known as Mutsu) and parts of Europe (where it is known as either Crispin or Mutsu).
All our trees are grown in the UK.