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Early Flowers and Fruit on a Fast-Growing Tree

Anna Apple Tree, Malus domestica 'Anna',  is a decorative tree that produces edible fruit early in the summer. It’s especially well-suited for warmer climates and would do well in a sunny location near your home’s windows, lining your driveway…or anywhere you’re sure to enjoy every minute of its transition from flower to fruit.

There’s nothing like the smell of apple blossoms heralding the spring, and your Anna Apple tree will bring that delicate aroma to you early in the season when its branches burst forth in a profusion of petite, pink-tinted blossoms. Anna’s display will be a sight to see in your yard each spring, followed by yet another exciting vision as those flowers transition to delicious fruit.

The green-tinted, yellow skin of your Anna apple sports a hearty, red blush and the flesh is a taste sensation right off your tree! In its early stages, Anna has been compared to a Grammy Smith. However, as it ripens, Anna increases in sweetness. Anna apples even store well for one to two months (depending upon the storage method), and are terrific used for such culinary delights as apple pancakes, apple pie and a large variety of other tasty treats.

Anna Apple Tree will grow up to 30 feet tall with a 30 foot spread. It was developed in Israel and has a low chill requirement that allows it to be grown in warmer climates, where growing apple trees can sometimes be problematic. It will begin to fruit at an early age. It has a semi-spreading nature and is self-fertile (although having another pollinator, such as Gala, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp nearby is recommended for optimal performance).

Apple trees are always a welcomed sight at any home, and Anna is an exceptional choice, (especially if you live in a warmer climate). Early to flower and fruit, the Anna Apple tree won’t make you wait long before you’re enjoying the many benefits it has to offer.

* Delicious fruit
* Spring flowers
* Good drought tolerance
* Low chill requirement (less than 300 hours)
* Self-fertile


Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Prolific Fresh Eating Apple Crops in the Desert

The story of the Anna Apple begins in the mid to late 1950's at a Kibbutz named Ein Shemer, situated among the green hills of the Shomron region of Israel. The Kibbutz was founded in 1927, as a collective community based in agriculture. It was one of many Kibbutz communities to form in the early 1900's. Abba Stein, a member of the Ein Shemer Kibbutz was working on developing a Golden Delicious apple type that would produce in the hot desert climate.

Abba was successful in producing two noted varieties. The first, the Ein Shemer Apple, was introduced into the United States in 1967. It became popular as a low-chill selection for climates like Florida and Southern California. This variety, though still available, has proved to be less desirable; lacking the quality of Stein's other 1967 introduction, the Anna Apple.

Named after Stein's daughter, Anna is a cross between the Dorsett Golden Delicious and a lesser known local Crabapple type fruit, Red Hadassiva. Noted for its showy blossoms that appear as early as late January, the Anna is credited with two and sometimes three separate crops in one season in the desert climates.

The Anna's fast ripening is a highly sought-after quality in the hot, dry desert climate for which it was developed. It does however contribute to a shorter storage life, so Anna is considered best eaten fresh off the tree.

Pollinators are the Dorsett Golden or the Ein Shemer.

Abba Stein has gone on to introduce other low-chill selections such as 'Or' and 'Tomer', which were both introduced in the early 1990's. These are both still being tested around the world in low-chill regions; the Tomer is currently drawing much interest.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Anna Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Malus 'Anna'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White