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Anna apple tree

Malus domestica 'Anna'

  • Picking season: Very early
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 1
  • Uses: Eating fresh

Anna is a good size Golden Delicious-style apple, with a pleasant un-demanding sweet/tart flavor.  The apples ripen very early, often in June, and do not keep. The color varies from pale green all the way to deep red.

It might not be the greatest apple you ever tasted, but Anna is uniquely capable of setting fruit in warm semi-tropical climates, which are normally off-limits for apple production.

Some growers in very warm areas report that Anna will even produce two crops of apples a year, with a second bloom in August.

Anna apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock

How to grow

Anna is easy to grow and usually very productive.  It is important to thin the fruitlets after the blossom sets to avoid over-production.

It is reported to need less than 300 chill hours (i.e. hours when the temperature falls below about 45F but still above freezing).

Anna appears to be at least partially self-fertile.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Anna was developed by Abba Stein at Ein Shemer in Israel in the 1950s, specifically for growing in low-chill climates.

Anna characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group1
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonVery early
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirementLow-chill
  • Country of originIsrael
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorGreen - lightGreen / RedRed
  • Fruit sizeAverage