Low chill apple variety for So. California

Q. I didn’t know apples would grow in Pasadena (I grew up in Covina)–I didn’t think it was cool enough long enough. What type of apples are they? Growing up (and even now when we visit in the fall) we would make an annual trek to Oak Glen. Lots of good memories there. Thanks

A. We picked up a low chill variety called ‘Anna’. This apple seems to do well in our hot and dry climate. We planted our trees on the northwest side of the property and the plants are thriving. Local fruit grower, Dave Wilson describes the Anna as:

Remarkable fruit for mild-winter climates in So. Calif., So. Ariz. Heavy crops of sweet, crisp, flavorful apples even in low desert. Fresh/cooked. Keeps 2 months in refrigerator. 200 hours. Self-fruitful or pollinated by Dorsett Golden or Einshemer“.

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