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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.

Bonza identification photos

  • Bonza apples
    Copyright: Kevin Dodds

  • Bonza apples
    Copyright: Kevin Dodds

  • Bonza apple trees, 10 years old on MM106 rootstock
    Copyright: Kevin Dodds

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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
  • Parentage: Unknown - chance seedling
  • Originates from: Batlow, New South Wales, Australia
  • Introduced: 1950s
  • Developed by: Ben Atkinson
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1591


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer


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


  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility


  • Woolly aphid  - Some resistance

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