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Low Chill Anna Apple Tree for Southern and Western Yards

  • Delicious Fruit
  • Spring Flowers
  • Water-Wise Selection Tolerates Some Drought
  • Low Chill Requirement For Southern and Western Growers
  • Self-Fertile

If you're looking for a relatively low-chill Apple variety, the Anna Apple Tree (Malus domestica 'Anna') fits the bill. It requires only 200 hours chill time, which makes it ideal for Southern and Western planting.

Plant the Anna Apple as a specimen tree in the front yard, plant a row to line your driveway, or give it a sunny location near a window to enjoy its beautiful look from close up.

Anna Apple produce delicious fruit early in the summer, making it a welcome addition to orchards with later-bearing varieties. Nothing beats the smell of Apple blossoms welcoming in the spring season, and the Anna puts forth its fragrant aroma like no other, enticing songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies to come gather round.

Neighbors can't help but notice your established Anna Apple tree. Its brilliant profusion of petite, pink-tinted blossoms create a spectacle of Mother Nature's beauty. This is followed by the transition of those beautiful blossoms into delectable fruit.

The fruit of the Anna Apple features green-tinged yellow skin with a heavy red blush. When you see the Anna begin to exhibit this fiery blush, the time has come to start harvesting your bounty.

In its early stages, Anna has been compared to a Grammy Smith. However, as it ripens, Anna increases in sweetness.

The fruit of the Anna Apple tree stores well. Plan on keeping your Apples for up to two months, depending on your storage method.

Although it is self-fertile, the Anna Apple performs optimally when it has another pollinator nearby; the Gala, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp are excellent choices.

Apple trees are always a welcome 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. Order yours today!

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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.


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