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.
- 28 Apr 2022 Scott BaronNice 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
Spring blossom records for this variety
Harvest records for this variety
- 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
The following orchards grow Bonza: