- Bloom: Mid-Season (triploid-therefore will not pollenate other apple trees)
- USDA Zone: 4
- Fruit Storage: Well
- Backyard Spacing: 12-15 ft.
- Ripen: Mid-Season
- Uses: Fresh eating (sweet to vert sweet), dessert, cooking, Cider making
Shizuka was developed by Tsuneo Murakami in Aomori prefecture in 1969, and released commercially in 1986. Shizuka is a cross between Golden Delicious and Indo.
The skin is yellow to yellow-green red-orange blush. Large fruit like Mutsu, but has a less acid flavor, milder, and is sweet to very sweet in flavor. The flesh is moderately firm and juicy. Flavor and texture are very different. Shizuka has distinctive light crisp flesh similar to Honeycrisp and Jonagold. It is excellent eaten fresh or in a salad, as it is slow to brown when cut. It stores well.