Apple, ®Sunrise Magic


Malus domestica

The little known sibling of Cosmic Crisp® from Washington State University’s apple breeding program. Developed from a natural cross between Splendor and Gala, Sunrise Magic® has a delicious crisp, juicy, tart flavor that sweetens as it stores. It is a good storer and Sunrise Magic® is known for its texture. This pinkish-red/yellow apple is great to eat fresh or keep.

USDA Zone: 4-9

Pollination: Needs a different apple as a pollinator to produce fruit. Gala and Splendour will not work.

Time to productivity: 2-3 years depending on conditions.

Ripening time: Late September to early October.

Storage length: Up to 8 months.




Washington State University’s initial release from its apple breeding program, Sunrise Magic® is a Gala and Splendour cross that harvests in late Red Delicious season, about a week later than Cosmic Crisp®. This new apple features a refreshing, crisp taste with flesh that is firm, crisp, and juicy. The apple is quite sharp at harvest, but sweetens in storage, where the fruit stores exceptionally well.