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Winter Banana apple tree

Winter Banana
Winter Banana is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

Winter Banana is a popular high-quality apple variety from Indiana, noted for its faint banana-like flavor.

This is a particularly juicy apple, and can be used for sweet cider and hard cider.

Winter Banana apple trees for sale

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  • Semi-standard 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    MM.111 rootstock

How to grow

Winter Banana is fairly easy to grow, but likes a long growing-season. It seems to be a low-chill variety, so is a good choice in areas where winter temperatures don't often reach freezing.

Best avoided in areas where cedar-apple-rust is a problem.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Winter Banana was found in Indiana, in the late 19th century.

Winter Banana characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesEating freshJuiceHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • General resistanceAverage
  • Cedar apple rustVery susceptible
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Chill requirementLow-chill - 300-400 hours
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899