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Akane (apple)

Malus domestica 'Akane'
Hybrid parentage 'Jonathan apple' x 'Worcester Pearmain'
Cultivar 'Akane'
Origin Template:Country data Japan, 1937[1]

Akane also known as Tokyo Rose[2] is a Japanese cultivar of domesticated apple, that according to Orange Pippin is one of the best early season apples.[3]

Akane was developed by the Morika Experimental Station of Japan sometime between 1900 and 1949,[4] by crossing a Jonathan apple with a Worcester Pearmain,[3][5] and was introduced to the United States in 1937, where it is very popular.[3][6]


Akane is of moderately good disease resistance, best at warm climates but tolerates cold also. It is flowering mid-late season, and harvesting early-mid season. Is self-sterile and needs to be cross pollinated.

It produces heavy crop of variable sized fruits,[3] usually more to the smaller side,[5] but good sized apples can be obtained by thinning.[2]

Akane carries the fruit shape of the English Worcester Pearmain, and the unusually good balanced flavor of the Jonathan.[7] Shape is flattened to hearth shaped.[5] Fruits are of very good flavor, a blend of sweet and sharp, preferable for eating, keeps shape in cooking. Flesh color is white,[3] with a yellow tinge. Does not oxidize quickly. Crispy, but not too dense and easy to eat.[5] Skin color is red. And keeps fresh about one week.[3]


  1. ^ See text and references.
  2. ^ a b Trees of Antique
  3. ^ a b c d e f Akane at Orange Pippin.
  4. ^ Fruit Gardener says 1930, Trees of Antique says 1937.
  5. ^ a b c d Fruit Gardener
  6. ^ Fruit Gardener says, not as popular as Orange Pippin implies.
  7. ^ Akane tree by Orange Pippin Trees.

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