Why is 'Fuji' not more widely grown? Is it susceptible to disease here in the humid southeast? I've never heard of anyone growing it except in the TN mountains or out in the western U.S.
Any help would be appreciated.
I tried growing Fuji here in SoCal for many years. It simply was not the low chill variety it was touted as being. The fruit is delicious. My understanding is there are several different "strains" of Fuji.
I read it's very susceptible to fire blight, that's likely why it's not planted in warm humid areas.
Its a recommended variety by Texas A&M for Texas, at least the northern 2/3of the state
I've had the opposite experience of Fireduck; Fuji is one of our most reliable varieties and fruits on even badly-neglected trees such as my neighbor's in this photo. Initial reports show it is doing well in Zambia in equatorial Africa also. The ones we harvest have poor color but outstanding flavor and size; they ripen here around Thanksgiving.
Fuji was always one of the latest-ripening apples, so people weren't planting them where the growing season was short. But there are now a lot of "September" Fujis being grown.