Anna Apple Trees are adaptable to a very wide cross-section of climates, and can take both below freezing winters and seasonably warm summers. They produce delicious apples that can be used as a tart baking apple when almost ripe, and a sweet eating apple when fully ripened. They only require 100 chill hours, and can be pollinated by Golden Dorsett, Granny Smith, Gala, Winesap, and others. The Anna Apple Tree is a versitile, easily grown tree that produces excellent quality apples and can cross-pollinate with many other varieties.
Anna Apple Trees are suited for growing in the ground in USDA Zones 5 to 9. They prefer sandy loam soil that is well-drained. Anna Apple Trees also do best in full sun, and with slow deep watering that delivers about 5 to 8 gallons per week in a steady flow. However, periodic deep watering and 4 to 6 inches of mulch can also supply Anna Apple Trees with plenty of hydration. They grow to heights of 20 to 30 feet, and spread as wide as 15 feet.
Apple Tree Care
Anna Apple Trees benefit from yearly pruning. Prune Anna Apple Trees in December when the trees are dormant. Trim off any suckers that appear low on the trunk, and remove any dead wood. You should also prune any limbs that have split, or been cracked from wind or other damage. Remove any new vigorous vertical growth that has grown up from older spreading branches.
When pruning an Anna Apple Tree use clean sharp pruning shears and make tidy cuts at 45 degree angles to the branches being pruned. Cut outside branches back by 1 to 2 feet, and trim away any branches that are growing toward the tree center. With annual pruning you can help your Anna Apple Tree maintain an upright habit, and encourage strong spring blooms and foliage, to support a healthy apple crop.
Fruit & Harvesting
Anna Apples are unique because as they mature, they provid you with two apples in one. Anna Apples start out having a tart, Granny Smith Apple taste when in the early ripening stages. You can harvest these tart treats and use them for baking pies, cakes, apple turnovers, and for adding a refreshing crisp edge to juices. When Anna Apples become fully ripe, their taste sweetens and they are remeniscent of a Red Delicious Apple. Fully ripe Anna Apples are great for eating fresh, canning, and making apple butter.
Anna Apple Trees bloom in spring and the fruit is ready to eat between June and July. Pick the tart fruits in late May and early June, and the sweeter, more ripe fruits in late June through the end of July. Anna Apple Trees can grow fruit in their first year, but younger, smaller trees will produce fewer apples than older, larger trees. You can expect your Anna Apple Tree crop to increase each year until the tree is mature. Healthy mature trees can give you apples for generations.
Anna Apple Trees do best in the ground in full sun, but if space is an issue you can grow this tree in a pot. Container grown Anna Apple Trees will remain smaller, but can still produce showy blooms and delicious fruit. Choose a pot that provides at least 3 inches of growing space on all sides when compared to the tree’s existing container. Plant in rich potting soil with perlite or coarse sand added for drainage.
Be sure that the pot has holes for drainage. Good drainage is important when growing potted fruit trees. Place the tree in a sunny location on a patio or south-facing balcony. You can also grow your tree indoors in a sunny window. A potted Anna Apple Tree will still need pruning each year. For best results, re pot in a larger container so each season the roots can continue to grow.
What color are Anna Apples?
Anna Apple Trees grow large round apples that are a blend of yellow, yellow-green, and red. More mature apples will have more red blush, mostly on the top and top-sides of the shiny fruit.
Do Anna Apple Trees drop their leaves?
Yes Anna Apple Trees go dormant in winter. They drop their leaves in fall, and new growth comes with blooms and new foliage in spring.
Where can you grow an Anna Apple Tree?
Anna Apple Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 5 to 9. They are also known to do well in coastal areas of this zone range.
Will Anna Apples ripen once picked?
Anna Apples will continue to ripen slightly once picked. However, very young tart Anna Apples will not ripen into sweetness once harvested.