Apple-loving homeowners on the West Coast, and in the South need to know about Anna Apple tree (Malus Anna'). Anna requires only 200 hours of chill time, which makes it ideal for warmer climates.
As you know, it's always best to select varieties that do best in your area. Finding a good Apple tree for warmer regions can be tough, but Anna fits that profile.
You'll enjoy crisp, flavorful apples early in the season. Use them for snacking, baking and juicing. The fruit of the Anna Apple tree stores for up to two months, depending on your storage method.
This tree is self-pollinating, so you'll get a nice harvest from a single tree. However, if your trees are planted with a partner, they'll get cross-pollinated. You'll get a whole lot more apples!
Anna is a prolific producer, and the harvest starts early in the summer. This makes a welcome addition to backyard orchards that already have later-bearing varieties.
The petite, pink-tinted springtime blossoms are very fragrant. You'll have plenty of hummingbirds and butterflies come for a visit.
Enjoy watching your developing harvest of fruit. Anna fruit features yellow skin with a fiery red blush upon ripening.
This multi-use apple is sweet, with a tartness that makes for wonderful fresh eating, juicing and baking. In its early stages, Anna has been compared to a Grammy Smith. However, during the apple ripening season, Anna increases in sweetness.
Early to flower, the Anna Apple tree bears fruit early, too. It won't make you wait long before you're enjoying your very own, homegrown fruit. Order yours today!
Plant the Anna Apple as part of an Edible Landscape. It makes a unique specimen tree in the front yard. Or, go for the gold with a long row of sculpted fruit trees lining your driveway.
We bet your family and friends will certainly help you enjoy that fresh fruit! Create a hedgerow by planting several varieties 15 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
Alternate between Anna and Dorsett Apple tree to boost your harvest. Both have low chill requirements and are cross-pollination partners.
Why not plant a specimen tree near a window to enjoy its beautiful look from close up? The pretty spring flowers and developing fruit are so interesting. Keep things easy for yourself by removing any lawn and placing mulch underneath Apple trees.
You can easily keep Anna Apple to a smaller size, if you prefer. Summer pruning is the key to controlling the size. Let it grow out, or maintain it at your preferred height from 5 to 10 feet tall.
Anna Apple trees need full sun to thrive. Plant them in a spot that will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the better!
Morning sun is especially good for fruit trees. The drying power of the morning sun will quickly dry off the foliage. Keep the leaves dry when you can.
It's best to use drip irrigation, rather than rely on overhead lawn sprinklers. If you must water using sprinklers, set the timer to run in the early morning. Good air circulation in your planting site will also help keep the leaves dry.
Give your Apple tree a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Water carefully during periods of drought and especially during fruit development.
Apples need well-drained soil. If you need to improve drainage, create a raised garden bed to plant in. Mound up soil to 18 inches high and 3 feet wide. Plant in that mound.
Anna Apple should be mulched to keep the root system nice and cool. Apply a thick, 3-inch layer of mulch and spread it out to 3 feet past the canopy. Pull the mulch back several inches all around the trunk. Please don't let mulch touch the main trunk.
Prune in late winter to correct the shape, and open the canopy to sunlight and air circulation. Remove crossing branches at that time.
Prune in summer to keep the height where you want it. Tip prune to an outside-facing bud.
Although it is self-fertile, the Anna Apple performs optimally when it has another pollinator nearby. Plant it with Apple trees that flower at the same time, and you will see larger crops. Use Dorsett Golden Apple tree, Gala, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.
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|Botanical Name||Malus 'Anna'|
|Mature Height||30 feet|
|Mature Spread||30 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Bloom Period||Late Spring|
|Fruiting Time||Very Early Season|
|Growing Zone Range||5-9|