|PP11193||Apple tree named `Fiero`||January, 2000||Van Leuven||PLT/168|
Latin name of the genus and species of the plant claimed: Malus pumila.
Variety denomination: ‘Fugachee Fuji’.
The ‘Fugachee Fuji’ apple tree was discovered as a sport mutation of its parent ‘Fuji’ (unpatented) tree in a cultivated orchard near Brewster, Wash. in 1998. ‘Fugachee Fuji’ was asexually propagated by budding at the same location in 1998, and has been observed to remain stable and true to type over successive generations.
The ‘Fugachee Fuji’ apple tree is distinguishable from its parent ‘Fuji’ and from other known and related varieties by its early maturing fruit, and fruit coloration having a pronounced blush covering seventy to 90 percent of the fruit surface. Fruit of ‘Fugachee Fuji’ is further distinguishable by its large size as compared to ‘Fuji’.
‘Fugachee Fuji’ has been compared to ‘Fiero’ (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 11,193), a similar ‘Fuji’-type apple tree. Like ‘Fiero’, ‘Fugachee Fuji’ is an early maturing variety, and its fruit exhibits an attractive blush overcolor. However, ‘Fugachee Fuji’ matures even earlier than ‘Fiero’. A comparison of ‘Fugachee Fuji’, ‘Fuji’ and ‘Fiero’ is shown in Table 1:
|Comparison of ‘Fugachee Fuji’ to ‘Fuji’ and ‘Fiero’|
|Maturity Date||Late September||Late October||Mid October|
|Color||70-90% red blush||25-50% red blush||60-100% red|
FIG. 1 shows a selection of fruit of ‘Fugachee Fuji’;
FIG. 2 shows a fruit of ‘Fugachee Fuji’;
FIG. 3 shows a fruit of ‘Fugachee Fuji’;
FIG. 4 shows a fruit of ‘Fugachee Fuji’;
FIG. 5 shows sectioned fruit of ‘Fugachee Fuji’; and
FIG. 6 shows a ‘Fugachee Fuji’ tree and leaves.
The following detailed botanical description of ‘Fugachee Fuji’ is based on observations made during the 2003 and 2004 growing seasons of trees planted in 2002 at Brewster, Wash. and Parker, Wash., USA. Colors, except those colors described in common terms, are set forth in accordance with The Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart (2001). The botanical characteristics described will vary somewhat depending upon cultural practices and climatic conditions, and can vary with location and season. Quantified measurements are expressed as an average of measurements taken from a number of individual plants of the new variety. The measurements of any individual plant, or any group of plants, of the new variety may vary from the stated average.