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A list of the best low-chill apple varieties

Most apple varieties need a long period of winter cold, where temperatures are within a few degrees above freezing. However the varieties listed here are "low chill" varieties which can grow in climates of fewer than 500 chill hours a year.


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Growing

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Using

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Disease resistance

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Canker?

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Climate

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Identification

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  • Akane

    Akane apple tree
    Akane is an attractive early-season eating apple with a good pedigree and a sweet/sharp flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Anna

    Anna apple tree
    Anna is the go-to apple apple variety for growers in low-chill climates - if you are in southern California, or the southern states, Anna is a good choice.
    • Picking season: Very early
    • Pollination group: 1
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • BlondeeTM

    Blondee is bright yellow sweet mid-season apple, closely related to Gala.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cripps Pink

    Cripps Pink apple tree
    Cripps Pink is one of the best-known modern apple varieties, well-suited to the warmer apple-growing regions.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Cripps Red

    Cripps Red is a late-season low-chill apple from Australia, with a crisp dense flesh and a good flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Fuji

    Fuji apple tree
    Developed in Japan, but with all-American parents, Fuji is a very attractive apple with a good sweet flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Gala

    Gala apple tree
    Gala is popular supermarket apple - but better when home-grown, with a sweet pleasant flavor.
    • Picking season: Mid
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Golden Delicious

    Golden Delicious apple tree
    The flavor of home-grown Golden Delicious is far better than its supermarket reputation.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Granny Smith

    Granny Smith apple tree
    Granny Smith is the world-famous green apple from Australia, a good choice for warmer apple-growing regions.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gravenstein

    Gravenstein apple tree
    Gravenstein is a high-quality early-season eating and cooking apple, with an excellent strong apple flavor.
    • Picking season: Early
    • Pollination group: 1
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Jonagold

    Jonagold apple tree
    Jonagold is a high quality American apple, with a good balanced sweet/sharp flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Mutsu

    Mutsu apple tree
    Mutsu (or Crispin) is a high quality apple from Japan, with a good flavor, and also sharp enough for cooking.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Newtown Pippin

    Newtown Pippin apple tree
    In use since the 18th century, Newtown Pippin is a versatile American apple with a good aromatic flavor.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 3
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Red Delicious

    Red Delicious apple tree
    Delicious is one of the most popular red apples, productive and easy to grow.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • SundanceTM

    A high-quality late-season eating apple, with excellent flavor and disease-resistant qualities.
    • Picking season: Late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Winter Banana

    Winter Banana apple tree
    A good quality American apple variety named for its faint banana-like flavor.
    • Picking season: Very late
    • Pollination group: 4
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile