Semi-dwarf on M-7 rootstock.
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.
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.
Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Pecan, 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 unless you ask us to split your shipments and agree to pay any additional shipping charges resulting from two separate shipments.
Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.