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Almata apple tree

Malus domestica 'Almata'

Almata is a red-fleshed apple variety closely related to the red-fleshed crab-apple Malus niedzwetzkyana. The apples are dark red, with a soft red flesh, producing a pink juice. The blossom is dark pink, the leaves are a dull bronze-green color, and even the wood has a pink stained appearance.

The apples ripen early in the season and do not keep.

The flavor is poor, not really suitable for eating fresh.

Despite these poor characteristics Almata has proven quite popular because of its apparent health benefits - the anthocyanin pigments which give the apple its distinctive dark red appeance are rich in anti-oxidants.

Almata apple trees for sale

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    Dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock
  • 2Large 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Out of stock
Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022.

How to grow

Like many other red-fleshed varieties Almata flowers very early in the blossom season.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Almata was developed by Niels Hansen at the South Dakota Experimental Station. His interest in red-fleshed apples was inspired by a research visit to central Russia in 1897 where he met the Russian botanist Niedzwetzky at Almaty in present-day Kazakhstan.  Niedzwetzky was the discoverer of Malus niedzwetzkyana,  a unique red-fleshed crab-apple growing wild in that area.  

Almata characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group1
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingPartial tip-bearer
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesCulinaryJuice
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Flavor style (apples)Sharper
  • Juice styleSharper
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C(6) -10F / -23C(7) 0F / -18C(8) 10F / -12C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeSmall

Similar varieties

  • See also Pink Pearl
    Pink Pearl
    Pink Pearl features bright pink flesh, and pink apple blossom.
  • See also Redfield
    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.