Parentage: Bud mutation of Fuji
Color: Pink to light red stripe over light green
Harvest: September 14 to 22
Fruit: Yataka is medium to large size and shape is oblate to somewhat oblong and angular to ribbed. The cavity is shallow and open with a short, generally thick, stem. The basin is medium to deeper and often furrowed with a rather small, closed calyx. Fruits are very similar to Fuji. The lenticels are tan/brown, sometimes rough and slightly raised. Fruit are susceptible to russet formation (usually less than Fuji), may exhibit some scarfskin, and can have a small amount of "bloom" on the surface at harvest. Ripens about 2 – 3 weeks ahead of Fuji. Color may be better than Fuji in some seasons. The yellow-colored flesh is somewhat crisp and usually very juicy, but not as firm as Fuji. Susceptible to stem-end cracking and to watercore formation in some years that is often associated with the main vascular bundles in the flesh. The flavor is sweet when mature, but is often bland when harvested earlier for storage. The storage life appears to be shorter than Fuji. Fruit are susceptible to apple scab and highly susceptible to bitter rot. Low susceptibility to tarnished plant bug, plum curculio, tufted apple bud moth and redbanded leafroller. Moderately susceptible to codling moth and oriental fruit moth.
Tree: Moderately vigorous, slightly upright to spreading form. Moderate to good productivity, but tends toward titleernate bearing. Blooms early. Good resistance to mildew and cedar apple rust, but susceptible to scab. Moderately susceptible to rosy apple aphid, European red mite, Japanese beetle, spotted tentiform leafminer and white apple leafhopper.
Market Potential: Fair to Good: fresh market, local and wholesale