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Low Chill Anna Apple Tree for South and West

  • Very Early Season
  • 200 Chill Hours
  • Self-Pollinating, But You'll Get More Fruit With a Partner Tree
  • Sweet and Flavorful
  • Great for Fresh Eating, Baking, Juicing
  • Harvest Keeps for 2 Months
  • Heavy Crops
  • Pretty Yellow Fruit with Red Blush
  • Lovely Spring Flowers

Apple-loving homeowners on the West Coast, and in the South need to know about Anna Apple tree (Malus Anna'). Anna requires only 200 hours of chill time, which makes it ideal for warmer climates.

As you know, it's always best to select varieties that do best in your area. Finding a good Apple tree for warmer regions can be tough, but Anna fits that profile.

You'll enjoy crisp, flavorful apples early in the season. Use them for snacking, baking and juicing. The fruit of the Anna Apple tree stores for up to two months, depending on your storage method.

This tree is self-pollinating, so you'll get a nice harvest from a single tree. However, if your trees are planted with a partner, they'll get cross-pollinated. You'll get a whole lot more apples!

Anna is a prolific producer, and the harvest starts early in the summer. This makes a welcome addition to backyard orchards that already have later-bearing varieties.

The petite, pink-tinted springtime blossoms are very fragrant. You'll have plenty of hummingbirds and butterflies come for a visit.

Enjoy watching your developing harvest of fruit. Anna fruit features yellow skin with a fiery red blush upon ripening.

This multi-use apple is sweet, with a tartness that makes for wonderful fresh eating, juicing and baking. In its early stages, Anna has been compared to a Grammy Smith. However, during the apple ripening season, Anna increases in sweetness.

Early to flower, the Anna Apple tree bears fruit early, too. It won't make you wait long before you're enjoying your very own, homegrown fruit. Order yours today!

How to Use Anna Apple Tree in the Landscape

Plant the Anna Apple as part of an Edible Landscape. It makes a unique specimen tree in the front yard. Or, go for the gold with a long row of sculpted fruit trees lining your driveway.

We bet your family and friends will certainly help you enjoy that fresh fruit! Create a hedgerow by planting several varieties 15 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Alternate between Anna and Dorsett Apple tree to boost your harvest. Both have low chill requirements and are cross-pollination partners.

Why not plant a specimen tree near a window to enjoy its beautiful look from close up? The pretty spring flowers and developing fruit are so interesting. Keep things easy for yourself by removing any lawn and placing mulch underneath Apple trees.

You can easily keep Anna Apple to a smaller size, if you prefer. Summer pruning is the key to controlling the size. Let it grow out, or maintain it at your preferred height from 5 to 10 feet tall.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Anna Apple trees need full sun to thrive. Plant them in a spot that will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the better!

Morning sun is especially good for fruit trees. The drying power of the morning sun will quickly dry off the foliage. Keep the leaves dry when you can.

It's best to use drip irrigation, rather than rely on overhead lawn sprinklers. If you must water using sprinklers, set the timer to run in the early morning. Good air circulation in your planting site will also help keep the leaves dry.

Give your Apple tree a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Water carefully during periods of drought and especially during fruit development.

Apples need well-drained soil. If you need to improve drainage, create a raised garden bed to plant in. Mound up soil to 18 inches high and 3 feet wide. Plant in that mound.

Anna Apple should be mulched to keep the root system nice and cool. Apply a thick, 3-inch layer of mulch and spread it out to 3 feet past the canopy. Pull the mulch back several inches all around the trunk. Please don't let mulch touch the main trunk.

Prune in late winter to correct the shape, and open the canopy to sunlight and air circulation. Remove crossing branches at that time.

Prune in summer to keep the height where you want it. Tip prune to an outside-facing bud.

Although it is self-fertile, the Anna Apple performs optimally when it has another pollinator nearby. Plant it with Apple trees that flower at the same time, and you will see larger crops. Use Dorsett Golden Apple tree, Gala, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.

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Rootstocks Explained

Apple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.

The apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.

There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these apple varieties are:

Semi-Dwarf Apples

  • Height: 12-18 feet
  • Spread: 10 - 15 feet

Standard Apples

  • Height 18 - 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 - 18 feet

Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.

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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.


Anna Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Anna'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet
Mature Spread Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Very Early Season
When To Prune When Dormant