Thanks @JeanW , I just ate the first unknown early Fuji apple from the scion wood you gave me a few years ago. There were only 2 apples on the relatively young tree. I've been working late so hadn't checked them in the last few days. Today one of the two was getting eaten by wasps and they are quite red, so I picked the other and ate it.
It was better than any I've had from the store in the last few years, not the best I remember. But very promising, and ripened with plenty of time to spare this year. No coddling moth or apple maggot in this one!
The other apple is Crunch-a-Bunch. They aren't ripe yet, still starchy and pretty tart, but the deer are starting to pick apples from the tree and my daughter likes apples like this.
Jafar, hmmm, I don’t recall giving anyone unknown early Fuji scion wood. Did I maybe recommend getting an early Fuji rather than standard Fuji at an HOS spring show? I don’t know where I would have gotten scion wood since I know which Fuji apples I have--Auvil Early, Beni Shogun, Daybreak, and Morning Mist. At least that’s what they were labeled when I got the scions! Yours look beautiful. Mine have only just started to color up.
Jean, the best I recall is that you said you have a good, early Fuji and you could give me scion wood. But I thought you said you didn't know the particular name. I think I may separately have Beni Shogun on a multi-grafted tree.
This tree only had two apples and these got plenty of light. My tag will say which year it was grafted, I'll check when I'm out there. I'm surprised at the uniformity and redness of this one too. It is beautiful.
Do you have a preference among the four you have?
Jafar, my Fujis are all on a 4-way Fuji tree, and I haven’t really bothered to compare them. The small ones usually get mixed in a cider batch, and if there are decent ones, they go to the Fall Fruit Show. Some years the deer get them. This tree isn’t very vigorous, and it is not enclosed in our new 8’ high fenced trellis area, so I don’t get a lot of apples off it. It is in an area enclosed by electric fence, but this time of year, electric will not keep out deer when they smell apples! We are going to have to do something different about the electric fence situation. This year the deer got in and cleaned out all the Marechal Foch grapes just before I was going to pick them. They completely defoliated the bottom half of the Belgian fence (again) as well as some grapes, plums, pears, and raspberries and also sampled the hardy kiwi berries and leaves. Oops, this post was supposed to be about Fuji apples, not deer! Sorry for the rant. Glad you are finally getting some nice Fujis.
Bummer about the deer, they are really frustrating. This is the first year I've gotten serious bark damage from deer :(. For some reason I'd thought your whole orchard was fenced in.
I looked at the tag the other day, I think the tag said it was grafted in 2018.