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Bonza apple

Bonza was discovered as a chance seedling growing near Batlow, in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales.  Unusually for an Australian apple, Bonza is a high-chill variety - perhaps reflecting its place of origin.

It is now grown on a small scale in the Batlow area.  This area receives high rainfall (50" a year) which makes scab a problem but Bonza has natural resistance.

It is a good pollinator for Delicious and Red Delicious.

USDA identification images for Bonza

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 28 Apr 2022 
      Nice accurate write up of Bonza. Also a reliable bearing variety, not an overly vigorous grower. My grandfather discovered Bonza in Batlow. I grow apples chemical free in Batlow and sell my apples at Canberra Region Farmers Markets at Mitchell. My business is called Bonza Apple Shop

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2017 season

    • April  2017  - tree owned by Merla in Orange, Australia

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2017 season

    • April  2017  - tree owned by Merla in Orange, Australia

    2011 season

    • 3rd week March  2011  - tree owned by Phil in Bridgewater, Australia


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Unknown - chance seedling
    • Originates from: Batlow, New South Wales, Australia
    • Introduced: 1950s
    • Developed by: Ben Atkinson


    • Country of origin: Australia
    • Fruit colour: Red / Green


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
    • Cooking result: Keeps shape
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary


    • Flowering group: 3
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates

    Where to buy fresh fruit

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