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Anna apple

Anna is a Golden Delicious-style apple, developed in Israel specifically for cultivation in "low-chill" areas where winter temperatures rarely drop to freezing.  Most apple varieties require 800 hours or more of winter temperatures in the range from about 6C / 45F down to freezing, in order to become dormant, which is an essential part of their annual cycle  - this is the "chill requirement".  Anna has an exceptionally low chill requirement, and will thrive even in climates where temperatures dip towards freezing for only 300 hours or so each winter.  This makes it ideally suited to climates such as southern California and southern Texas which are in USDA zones 8-10.

Anna is a very early-season apple, ripening in late June / early July.  It bears fruit early in the life of the tree.

Last updated 19 Jun 2011.

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07 Aug 2016 
I just harvested my Anna apples August 5th. They were nice and red, light feeling and mildly crisp. The taste was moderately fruity and very tasty. Much better than I expected. I'll get another tree. I'm in eastern WA state.

28 Jun 2016 
We have both an Anna and Golden Dorset next to each other. Easily pull 300+ pounds of apples a year. Great taste and makes fantastic apple sauce which we freeze for year around use. Have done nothing to trees since put in the ground 20 years ago.

18 Feb 2016 
4 yr old Anna in central AZ bears huge crops. Quality and appearance of fruit is markedly better if cross-pollinated, but Anna starts blooming a week or so ahead of other early apples. Great cooking Apple. I find if picked a bit early, it stores well 3-5 weeks in bottom drawer of the fridge.

06 Jul 2015 
first crop of anna's apple tree planted about two years ago. It flowered in January 2015 and isnow starting to flower again --the first of July 2015. Just started reading about anna' apple tree. My trees apples are a bit tart but have not waterd well or fertilized since the tree went in the ground. The truck is at least twice the thickness of a nesr by peach tree same year, and planed at the same time. Tnought there was something wrong with my tree with early flowering (southern CA) and second flowering! happy to know my tree is normal! annoying to find out it is not a good keeper. However LOVE to make homemade apple pies. Now know my family and friends are going to be very happy in the future. LOL. JUDY R. D

09 Nov 2014 
Anna is self-fruitful in our area. 2 crops per year are certain, and 3 are possible. The fruit has good eating and juicing quality, and makes for a nice studel when mixed with Granny Smith. It has no keeping quality to speak of.

17 Jul 2014 
I love the taste of my Anna Apple. My tree has three crops a year. It has apples now and is starting to bloom. Best picked when half colored. Pink on one side and green on the other. When they get real red they are too mushy to eat but great for applesauce.

07 Jul 2014 
Planted in 2010. 2014 had big bloom in Feb. and had abundant crop, medium sized fruit and flavors that vary from tart (early) to florally sweet (late). Stupendous for pies. The Feb. crop has 2 apples still on tree 1st week July and already has a new crop starting with hundreds of flowers and 20 apples! The apples bruise easily and store in frig for 2 weeks. Fairly normal weather this year with a heat spell in Jan. I believe.

31 May 2014 
I have 5 Annas, 3years old. This is the 1st year all 5 trees produced a huge abundance of apples. Branches weighted to the ground in early May 2014.

15 May 2014 
We have 2 Anna apple trees in our backyard and without fail they produce two crops a year. One in spring and the other in the fall. If we do get a decent chill the apples are much larger, but no matter they taste great! Another benefit is the neighbors love looking at our trees when in full bloom.

15 Jan 2014 
Planted an Anna last Spring, our 4th vatrety of apples, in Redlands, CA which is most famous for a century of producing premium Navel oranges. We had a very early cold winter in Nov-Dec with 3 weeks below freezing at night. Leaves have fallen off most trees, but not the apples. We are now in week two of an extended hot spell in the 70's and 80's. Went out this morning to do busy work and was shocked, stunned, to see apple blossoms all over this 6' Anna tree, complete with a host of bees. This is mid January and we still have the heart of winter and radiant freezes to get through (Feb-March). Should we be worried or is this normal? Thanks

30 Mar 2012 
So many apples! I have to cull them greatly to keep the branches from breaking.

21 Nov 2011 
We live just North of San Diego, and are getting 3 or 4 crops from our dwarf Anna, seems like fruit is on it year round. She is a young tree, so the fruit is small. We have trouble keeping the squirrels and coyotes away from her. Her fruit is great in salads.

08 Jan 2011 
Tasted my first Anna this afternoon. Good sized fruit, green with a pink blush, white flesh. Crisp and juicy. Nicely flavoured with good balance of sweetness and acidity, followed by a refreshing, almost grassy finish reminiscent of hot summer afternoons. If I was living somewhere subtropical, and Anna was one of my only options, I'd be pretty well pleased with her qualities.

28 Dec 2010 
Anna also makes wonderful pies; the slices hold up well and you can smell the aroma two blocks away!

22 Nov 2010 
Anna is very popular here in Israel. It ripens very very early, and has a lot of fans for its distinct falvor and tartness. It's also very popular for growing in many areas in Israel that don't get a significant number of chill hours. My parents' tree had two crops last year. On the down side, Anna apples have a very poor shelf life and get bruised very easily; by the time they make it to market they can often be pretty lousy if not handled carefully.

17 Sep 2010 
I live in a very hot and dry area of Riverside County in Southern California. This tree is doing well here. Picked fruit this year from June 15 - 30th.

25 May 2010 
The earliest apple in Turkey !! Great shape, good size, tasteful...

12 May 2010 
Oh my, this apple is great. I can't explain my absolute adoration for this varieties. I live in Northern New York, so our grocery stores never carry this type, but whenever I visit my condo in Santa Ana, California, I buy a bunch of these apples. I just can not get enough of this apple!

28 Mar 2010 
I live in Southern California. This is an incredible apple for our climate. It is capable of two crops a year and ripens in June to early July. Along with Dorsett Golden (May ripener) and Ein Shemer (June to July) we have an extended apple season. These apples hold us until the latter apples start ripening.

01 Jan 2010 
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A very early season Golden Delicious style apple variety from Israel, noted for its very low chill requirement of less than 300 hours.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: Israel
  • Introduced: 1959
  • Developed by: Abba Stein at the Ein Shemer kibbutz
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1222


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Very early season
  • Flowering group: 0 Flowers exceptionally early - January in southern California, usually grown alongside Dorsett Golden.
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Precocity: Precocious


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Chilling: Low-chill

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

See also:

  • Dorsett Golden - Anna and Dorsett Golden are natural partners, being the only varieties which flower so early in the season.

Anna identification photos from official fruit collections



Anna identification photos from website visitors


Copyright: Kevin Hauser

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 28th February  2016  - tree owned by Dawn in TAYLOR, United States
  • 15th February  2016  - tree owned by Kenneth in Newberry, United States
  • 1st February  2016  - tree owned by Kenneth in Newberry, United States

2015 season

  • 25th February  2015  - tree owned by Dawn in TAYLOR, United States
  • 15th February  2015  - tree owned by Cr in MARANA, United States
  • February  2015  - tree owned by Kenneth in NEWBERRY, United States

2014 season

  • 20th February  2014  - tree owned by Dave in COALINGA, United States
  • 15th February  2014  - tree owned by Kenneth in NEWBERRY, United States
  • February  2014  - tree owned by Cr in MARANA, United States
  • 25th January  2014  - tree owned by Danny in PHOENIX, United States

2013 season

  • 16th February  2013  - tree owned by Dave in COALINGA, United States
  • 2nd February  2013  - tree owned by Don in CORONA, United States

2012 season

  • 4th February  2012  - tree owned by Randy in BAXLEY, United States

2011 season

  • March  2011  - tree owned by Randy in BAXLEY, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

  • 1st week August  2016  - tree owned by Mike in WALLA WALLA, United States

2015 season

  • 1st week June  2015  - tree owned by Dawn in TAYLOR, United States

2014 season

  • 1st week June  2014  - tree owned by Kenneth in NEWBERRY, United States

2013 season

  • 3rd week June  2013  - tree owned by Don in CORONA, United States
  • 1st week June  2013  - tree owned by Arlyn in IMPERIAL, United States

2012 season

    2011 season

    • 3rd week June  2011  - tree owned by Randy in BAXLEY, United States

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