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Sundowner Apple (Semi-dwarf) - FT309

Sundowner Apple (Semi-dwarf) Sundowner Apple (Semi-dwarf)
Controlling Fire Blight

Controlling Fire Blight

  • Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.
  • $25 Flat Rate Shipping: Ship up to 10 trees per box for only $25/box! Excludes potted fruit trees. Nut trees and multi-graft trees count as 2 trees when calculating box capacity. Only valid shipping to the lower 48 states.
  • Not registered for sale in: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU
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  • Available to ship as soon as: December 18, 2015
  • (However, as we ship on a first come, first serve basis, your order may not ship until days or weeks later. You will receive an email when your order ships.)

Semi-dwarf on M-111 rootstock.

  • Zones: 6-9
  • Chill hours: 200 - 300
  • Harvest: October 15 - November 10
  • Looks: Classically appealing crimson skin with a green undertone.
  • Personality: The medium-sized fruit has a very firm, crisp texture, and fine-grained flesh with superb flavor.
  • Facts of note: Sundowner is the lesser-known sibling of Pink Lady sometimes refered to as Cripps Red or Cripps II. This apple was developed in 1979 by the Western Australia Department of Agriculture. Sundowner® is a warm-climate apple that needs long hot summers to ripen, but it also has a low-chill requirement and will tolerate winters where temperatures are rarely below freezing. Sundowner® matures very late, after Pink Lady®. The moderately vigorous Sundowner® tree exhibits a spreading growth habit. Sundowner®; orchards are very productive and precocious so they require early, heavy thinning to size the fruit; A pollenizer is recommended for maximum productivity.
  • Pollination: Self-Fruitful.

Apples are generally late blooming. Need full sun, well-drained soil, and moderate fertility. Thin fruit to maximize quality and size. Susceptible to codling moth, apple scab, powdery mildew, and gophers. Generally cross-fertile, which means that the variety is not pollinated by itself, but by a different variety of the same fruit. Three or more varieties are best. Harvest 3rd year.

Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.

Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (800) 784-1722 or Additional shipping charges will apply.

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October 22, 2015 - Meredith Cherry
Whether your backyard apple tree is producing bushels, or if you bought a lot at your local farmers market or you-pick orchard, it’s time to preserve the harvest!  Some apple varieties are good… read more »
May 1, 2015 - Meredith Cherry
Fire blight is a common and potentially fatal disease among trees in the rose family, especially pears and apples.  It is caused by the bacteria Erwinia amylovora.  Once a tree is infected, it… read more »
April 28, 2015 - Suzanne at Peaceful Valley
The two models, CougarBlight Model and Maryblyt Model, have been developed by Universities to assess the risk of susceptible trees (apples and pears) to fire blight infections based on climate conditions.… read more »
November 14, 2014 - Peaceful Valley
WHAT’S A CHILL HOUR? You’re happily choosing your bare root fruit trees from our catalog when you suddenly notice extra numbers in the tree descriptions. Number of chill hours, what is that?… read more »