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Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Malus domestica 'Anna'


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Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Easily Grown in the South

Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
  • Produces large, delicious apples early in the season
  • Up to 2 additional annual harvests in warmer climates
  • Southern tree that will flourish in zones 5-9
  • Resistant to most diseases like scab, fungus and mildew

Golden Goodness with a hint of blush

If you enjoy the sweet, crisp taste of Golden Delicious apples then you'll love the Dorsett Apple. This incredible tree with the southern flair is hardy enough to grow anywhere from zones 5-9.

The Dorsett's skin is splashed with an orange-red blush hue, giving your yard a picturesque look as the apples emerge from your tree.

Of all the apple varieties, the Dorsett is the first to bloom as early as mid-January in areas with milder winter climates. That means you can expect an abundance of enormous apples as early as late June. And the Dorsett is easy to care for. Just give it plenty of sun... Read more  

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Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Mix

Helps your Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill) get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
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Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15 ft.


Full Sun


15-20 ft

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

June - July

Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Malus domestica 'Anna'

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A Taste of the Old South

Best Apple Tree for the South

From Florida to California and all points in between, if you live anywhere in the South, the Anna Apple tree is your best choice to grow delicious apples. That's because the Anna Apple adapts well to hot, southern conditions.

Its low chill requirement is unmatched by any other variety, enabling the tree to thrive in warmer climates not typically associated with growing apples.

A favorite along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, this compact beauty produces fast and productive harvests and is virtually problem free. Growing fruit is a breeze because the Anna Apple is self-fertile so it needs no pollinator. But don't let that stop you from planting another low-chill apple tree close by.

The results? Even more delicious apples than you can imagine.

Apple Lovers Everywhere Agree: The Proof is in the Taste

The crisp, juicy, flavor of an Anna Apple will rival any northern grown variety. In fact, its incredible taste has often drawn comparisons to Granny Smith apples early in the ripening stage.

Soon after it fully ripens, the Anna develops an even sweeter taste similar to a Red Delicious. It's like having two apples on one amazing tree!

Wondering what you'll do with all those amazing apples? Don't worry. Annas store well for up to 2 months. Perfect for making fresh, homemade pies, apple pancakes or baked apples topped with brown sugar, nothing beats just sinking your teeth into a crunchy Anna apple plucked straight off your own tree.

Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Pollination

Anna Apple Trees (Low-Chill) are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

Crabapple Trees also make some of the best pollinators for Fruiting Apple Trees. Because they bloom for a long period of time and produce an abundance of pollen that are compatible with most Fruiting Apple Tree varieties.

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Customer Reviews

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This tree seems to be holding up well. It came with green leaves on it and continues to thrive. Much more than I can say for some other trees I've purchased from here...
July 26, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
excellent growing much new growth in florida
May 6, 2017
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
Apples in Florida!
Easy to grow tree for apples in Florida!
May 7, 2017
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
the anna arived in good shape and is doing good
June 23, 2017
9 months ago
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Happy gardener waiting for the rewards.
Bought my tree from a local nursery here in the inland empire of California. The tree wintered well and got a wonderful fruit set from the first spring bloom. Can't wait to taste the apples.
June 11, 2017
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Tree died
June 5, 2017
8 months ago
Best Apples for Zone 11

I currently have two apple trees on my yard and wanted to add more, however what apple trees are good for zone 11? I reside in las vegas nv,
June 8, 2016
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill)

Anna Apple Tree (Low-Chill) Planting Diretions

The Anna Apple tree (Malus domestica 'Anna') is a highly adaptable, self fertile tree that produces tart, green-ish/red apples and grows well in hotter zones than most apple trees. It will produce fruit on its own but will do much better with another apple tree to cross pollinate with (see pollination recommendations below). The Anna can be planted in ground or contained within a pot for areas that may be too cold for apple trees to grow. Container grown trees are easier to maintain in terms of their mature height. If planted outdoors it will reach a mature height of 25-30 feet tall and about 15 feet wide. For ground planting, the recommended growing zones are 5 through 9 for the best success.

Location: Be sure that the location you plan to plant your tree will receive full sun which means at least six hours of direct sun each day. If the area receives more than half a day’s shade then the tree will not perform well. Drainage is essential so if you have an overabundance of clay, some soil amending may be required. The pH range of the soil (for the best results) is 6.0-6.5 and a soil test can determine this easily. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center to test the acidity of your soil. If the soil is mostly sand then amending peat moss into the sand will help with moisture retention otherwise more frequent irrigation will be needed. 

Planting Directions (in ground): Now that you have found your ideal planting location for the Anna apple there are some basic steps for planting the tree. You can raise the acidity of the soil if necessary using lime or wood ash. To lower the pH you can amend sulfur, sphagnum peat or aluminum/iron sulfate into the soil.

1) Make your planting site hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
2) Gently comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots before planting. Take care not to be to rough with the roots.
3) Place your new Anna apple tree in the hole and be sure it’s straight as you begin to back fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming.
4) Water the planting site to settle the soil and then mulch around the base to prevent competing weeds and grasses from growing around the area.
*Tip: Make sure your mulch is not touching the base of the trunk as this can encourage rot and fungus from forming.

Planting Directions (potted tree): Most wouldn’t think you cannot grow an apple tree that isn’t a dwarf variety in a pot. With the Anna apple you can definitely grow a happy, healthy apple tree in a pot! Growing this way will also help maintain the tree at a more manageable height.

1) You will want to start off with a fairly large pot for the apple tree to have enough space to stretch out its root system. A ten gallon or even a fifteen gallon pot will be a good size to start with. Plastic pots may not be a good selection as they can get hot in the sun and aren’t insulated against the cold.
2) Select a well draining, quality potting soil mix to fill the pot.
3) Some light trimming of the roots is encouraged before potting the tree to prevent it from becoming a root bound mess in the pot. Snip the roots so they are about ½ inch from the inside wall of the pot.
4) Be sure you add enough soil to the bottom of the pot so the graft union will be level with the rim of the pot. Fill the pot until there is about a 2 inch space from the rim to the top of the soil.

Watering (in ground): Your Anna apple will benefit from a regular watering habit each week. You may need to water more often in times of extreme heat or drought. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.

Watering (potted): Water slowly when you irrigate the tree to ensure even moisturizing of the soil. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth coming out of the tree you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

Pruning (in ground): Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems which are quite common in the upper portion of the tree. Weak, damaged or dead branches should also be removed. Low hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. As a branch declines with age it should be cutback to let younger branches take over and produce better.

Pruning (potted): Once you have your tree potted and comfortable, prune the branches back to about ⅓ of their length. This will assist the tree in compensating the reduction in the roots trimmed to fit the pot. Trim off any intersecting, damaged, dead, or diseased looking periodically. This should be done in the summer and late winter seasons.

Fertilizing (in ground): An annual fertilizing with a balanced 10-10-10 formula will be sufficient for your Anna apple. If your soil is naturally fertile then do not feed (fertilize) the tree until it has reached two years old. Be sure to only apply the fertilizer in the warmer seasons. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer to ensure you don’t burn the roots or overdo it.

Fertilizing (potted): While the potted Anna apple tree is still young, feed it a ½ strength, balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks while in the growing season. When the tree gets a bit older you can start using fruit fertilizers. Reduce the feedings for your apple tree in the late fall season and avid fertilizing at all in the winter season.

Harvesting: As the apples near their final stages of ripening they should be picked once they reach the correct size and color. Even if the fruit is removed while just under ripened it can be picked and ripened in the refrigerator. The Anna apples not unlike the Dorsett Golden are one of the very few that can be refigerator kept for six to eight weeks whereas most other apples can only take about two to three weeks before going bad.

Pollination chart for Anna Apple: If there happens to be a crab apple tree nearby then you may not need a cross pollinator for your apples to grow. Crab apple trees are “universal pollinators” for apple trees but the other specific apple trees listed below will work as a cross pollinator for your tree.

Dorsett Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Gala Apple Tree
Granny Smith Apple Tree
Honeycrisp Apple Tree
McIntosh Apple Tree
Pink Lady Apple Tree (Low-Chill)
Red Delicious Apple Tree
Winesap Apple Tree
Yellow Delicious Apple Tree



Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
The description said the "perfect apple to grow in the South," plus it pollinates Fuji, which was already in the cart. :-)
Charles M on Dec 9, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
The description said the "perfect apple to grow in the South," plus it pollinates Fuji, which was already in the cart. :-)
Charles M on Dec 9, 2017
Add to my apple trees
Vilma K on Nov 19, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
Clemson recommendation
Gary G on Sep 28, 2017
Self pollinating a big factor. Love fresh apples right off the tree!
David D on May 15, 2017
versatility of flavor in eating and cooking
Nivritti K on May 12, 2017
Size and grow zone.
James A on May 5, 2017
We live in NW Florida, still receive some 20 degree winter, I have a Honeycrisp already and just want to see how they do. Never planted fruit trees here, just regular and tropical plants.
Kristina B on Apr 5, 2017
I choose Anna Apple Tree because it is self fertile and in grows in zone 7B where I live. I never have any luck in producing apples and I hope this one will bear fruits soon. It says on the description that it will bear fruit in its first year.
Porolifle F on Mar 28, 2017
good tasting, self pollinator
Paul K on Feb 6, 2017
It is good for the south and is self-pollinating.
Bernadette S on Sep 15, 2016
My whife loves apples, I want to get a very healthy one for the yard in texas to please her and my family.
Hugo F on Sep 6, 2016
Low chill hours. Sister has great luck with tasty ANNA variety of apples.
Gerry D on Aug 26, 2016
should grow in the gulf coast area
william j on Jul 3, 2016
Excited about growing fresh apples in Florida
Stephen W on Apr 4, 2016
As a pair for my Dorsett tree
Jacob C on Mar 24, 2016
ROSY W on Mar 9, 2016
Add to my apple trees
Vilma K on Nov 19, 2017
Clemson recommendation
Gary G on Sep 28, 2017
How tall will the tree get?
Bonnie B on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The mature height is 20-30ft tall.
When can you plant this tree in Louisiana?
Jennifer P on Jan 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Planting in fall/winter/early spring, while they are in their dormant stage helps them get their roots, established without having to give nutrients to the rest of the tree. Also, with extra care you can plant in the summer, by planting in the evening after the sun goes down, so it will not get leaf burn. Giving it extra water and putting a 3-4 inch of mulch (keeping a few inches away from the trunk) to help retain moisture during hot dry weather.
Anna Southern - When does it bloom and when do the fruit ripen?
Marlo on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Anna Southern Apple Tree blooms early in the season. The Apples are ripen when you see just a touch of red in their green skin, usually in June.
Can this tree grow in a large pot?
michael w on Jun 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is not recommended to plant apple trees in a pot, they will thrive in the ground.
Should I thin my tree? I have 10 apples in a cluster at the tip of the branches. The apples do not progress to full size.
A shopper on Jun 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Prune back the smaller branches and remove a few of your apples. This will send energy to the remaining apples and make them larger.
will the 5-6 ft tree produce earlier than the 3-4 ft one?
Bob G on Jul 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The 5 to 6 ft tree is older and more mature, it could produce fruit faster than the 3 to 4 foot. However the 3 to 4 foot is at fruit producing age also. Both sizes may take up to a year to get adjusted to their new environments before they produce fruit.
Is the "southern" Anna same as "dwarf"?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, their mature height is 20-30ft tall.
How does the Anna Southern Apple Tree pollinate? Do I need two trees or maybe two of different species?
Vincent S on Oct 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. The Anna Southern Apple is self-fertile , so it technically does not need a pollinator. However, its always best to have multiple trees for cross pollination to increase fruit yield. The Gala, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, McIntosh, Granny Smith, Jonathan, and Yellow Delicious will all cross pollinate with the Anna Southern Apple. I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have additional questions. We can be reached at 1-888-504-2001 option 1.
LEE S on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Typically spring and fall is the best time to plant in your area.
Will putting coffee grounds around apple trees harm the trees?
Mary M on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I put coffee grounds, egg shells and banana peels. I mix them into the soil a bit. My Anna Apple was planted last year and has so much new growth. Good luck
Any proper watering instructions and/or tips to help sustain the tree in a zone 9 backyard?
Alex M on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your apple tree will need to be watered regularly to make certain that the root system becomes well established. The soil surrounding your tree should be moist, but never saturated. Light green leaves can be a sign of over watering, while drooping leaves can be a sign of both over or under watering.
I purchased two of these and planted them roughly two months ago. Understanding there will be variations with soils and climate, how much should they be expected to grow each year?
Andrew on Jan 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Apples can grow 3 feet and up once established.
What varieties are the best pollinators for Annas? We are in south Louisiana.
Andrea J on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The pollinators are Gala, Grannysmith, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Dorsett, Jonathan, McIntosh, Pink Lady, Yellow Delicious.

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