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Scientific Name: Malus sp. L.
Family: Rosaceae
Apple (Malus  sp.)
Anna apple flowers
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: Varies

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m) depending on the rootstock

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Graft

Apples for the Southwest:
Variety Sunset Zone Maturity Description
Anna 7-24 early (June) Excellent flavor when ripe. Breaks down rapidly. Needs fruit thinning. Remarkable fruit for mild-winter climates in Southern Arizona. Heavy crops of sweet, crisp, flavorful apples even in low desert. Fresh or cooked. Keeps 2 months in refrigerator. Chilling requirement 200 hours. Self-fruitful or pollinated by Dorsett Golden or Ein shemer
Arkansas Black 1-3,10-11 late (August) Deep red colored fruit. Flesh is hard and crisp - needs pollenizer.
Beverly Hills 12,13,18-24 early (June) Produces a pale yellow medium sized fruit. Chilling requirement 300 hours. Self-fruitful.
Braeburn 1-10,14-16 late (August) Medium to large size fruit with crisp firm flesh. Fruit set better with pollenizer
Dorsett Golden 12,13,17-24 early (June) Yellow, flavorful, firm. Outstanding sweet apple for warm winter areas. Firm, very flavorful, sweet like Golden Delicious. Productive throughout the low desert. Good early season sweet apple. Chilling requirement of 100 hours. Self-fruitful.
Ein shemer 12,13,17-24 early (June) Heavy-bearing, very low chilling requirement of 100 hours. Sweet yellow apples. Excellent pollenizer for Anna. Self-fruitful.
Empire 2,3,6,7,10,14-16 middle (July) Medium dark red fruit with white creamy flesh - needs pollenizer.
Firm Gold 2,10 late (August) Yellow large fruited type of golden delicious - needs pollenizer.
Fuji 7-10,14-16 late (August) Dull red, medium sized fruit. Very sweet with excellent aroma and cream colored flesh. Recently introduced from Japan, has quickly become California’s favorite apple. Sweet, very crisp and flavorful, excellent keeper. Dull reddish-orange skin, sometimes russeted. Chilling requirement listed as 600 hours, but preliminary testing in the low desert indicate that it may be less. Self-fruitful.
Gala 4-10,14-16 middle to late (August) Medium size fruit. Red blush over yellow color with aromatic flavor. Wonderful dessert apple from New Zealand. Crisp, nice blend of sweetness and tartness, rich flavor. Skin reddish-orange over yellow. Chilling requirement listed as 500-600 hours, preliminary testings suggest it maybe less. Self-fruitful.
Golden Delicious 1-3,7-11,14-24 late (August) Yellow large fruit. Excellent pollenizer for other varieties. Needs cross pollenation. Self-fruitful.
Gordon 2,10,12,18-24 early (June) Produces a reddish-green fruit for fresh use and cooking. Chilling requirement, 400 hours. Self-fruitful.
Granny Smith 6-11,14-16 late (August) Large green fruit with tart flavor. Fruit set better with pollenizer.
Gravenstein 4-11,14-24 early (June) Medium to large fruit. Needs cross pollenation.
Jerseymac 2,10 early (June) Fruit has semi-solid red blush; creamy. White flesh - needs thinning. Needs cross pollenation.
Jonagold 2-10,14-16 middle (July) Large golden apple with red stripes. Stores well. Need cross pollenation.
Jonathon 2-10,14-16 middle (July) Red and pale yellow medium size fruit. Firm, tart, crisp flavor. Needs cross pollenation.
Lodi 2,10 early (June) Large fruit with tart flavor. Needs cross pollenation.
Red Delicious 2,10 middle (July) Large red fruit with sweet taste. Need cross pollenation.
Summered 2-10,15-16 early (June) Medium to large fruit with red blush. Needs cross pollenation.

Source: University of Arizona: Cooperative Extension

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