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Silver Creek Nursery

Hokuto Apple

Hokuto Apple

History: Hokuto*, aka Northern Star, was bred as a cross between Fuji and Mutsu at the Aomori Apple Experiment Station in Japan in 1970 and introduced in 1983. This variety's main claim to fame is the immense size of the fruit. In 2005, a Hokuto apple set the Guinness World Record for heaviest apple weighing in at over four pounds!

*The variety name may come from 'hokuto,' the Japanese word for the Big Dipper constellation which is also known as the Seven Stars of the Northern Dipper in parts of Asia. This may have led to its English name 'Northern Star.'

Why We Grow It: Aside from its impressively large fruit, this apple boasts cheery red skin and, like many Japanese varieties, it is very sweet and makes an excellent quality dessert apple. 

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Fresh eating

Fruit Size: Large

Storage: Keeps until April when stored in cool, humid conditions

Harvest: Mid October

Cider Class (if applicable):

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions.

Flowering Time: Unknown, possibly early

Bloom Colour: White

Pollination Requirements: Triploid, requires two pollinators of different non-triploid apple varieties that bloom around the same time

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Susceptible to moldy core and water core while in storage

Shipping vs. Pick Up

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Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

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