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Ein Shemer apple

Ein Shemer is one of the best-known of the ultra-low-chill apple varieties. It will set fruit reliably in climates which have little or no "chill hours" (periods over the winter when the average temperatures are between 5C and freezing).

Ein Shemer flowers very early, before almost any other apple variety. It seems likely it as at least partially self-ferile, as it regularly produces heavy crops without other apple varieties nearby.

USDA identification images for Ein Shemer

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.

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Israel


    • Country of origin: Israel


    • Picking season: Very early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Average
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Gardening skill: Experienced
    • Flowering group: 1
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile


    • Chill requirement: Low-chill
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy

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