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 (888) 784-1722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional shipping charges will apply.
Ship up to 10 Bare Root Trees for As Low As $25!* *Shipping offer only available to the lower 48 states. Offer applies to those shipping West of the Rocky Mountains. $35 Flat Rate available to those shipping East of the Rocky Mountains. Actual shipping cost will be calculated based on your zip code. Nut & multi-graft trees count as 2 when calculating shipping. Offer applicable to bare root trees only. Ships via FedEx Home/Ground. Cannot ship to P.O. boxes.
Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU.
Cannot ship via USPS. Cannot ship via SmartPost. Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.
Shipping Weight: 6.00 lbs.
Dimensions: 59"L x 11"W x 11"H
Limited Guarantee for Dormant Trees & Plants (When Planted in the Ground by April 1st)
Claim Deadline is June 1st (with the exception of persimmon trees, which have a deadline of June 15th)! Claims placed after June 1st (or June 15th for persimmon trees) will be denied. Please note: Our trees will come to you topped off at approximately 3 ft. in height to put the tree’s stored energy into root development vs. foliage production.
What We Guarantee
Our only guarantee is that your dormant tree/plant will arrive in good, viable condition and will leaf out by May 15th (historically 98% of our trees do). This guarantee is only available to customers who purchased their tree/plant directly from us, and who planted their tree/plant in the ground by April 1st (or temporarily in a pot if the ground in their zone was still frozen solid).
What We Cannot Guarantee
We cannot guarantee that your tree/plant remains alive & healthy, or bears fruit, as there are too many variables beyond our control in order to do so (i.e. soil preparation, planting, fertilization, weed & pest control, adequate irrigation and/or drainage, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your zone, proper choice of pollinator, etc).
How to Request a Credit
If your tree/plant does not leaf out by May 15th, please contact us as soon as possible (but no later than June 1st, or June 15th for persimmon trees) and we will issue you a credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of your tree/plant (excluding shipping).*
(*) We reserve the right to not issue credit for items already replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence of the condition of your tree/plant and/or a scratch test. The scratch test consists of checking for green under the bark a few inches over the graft (please watch our video titled Bare Root (Dormant) Warranty for more information on this simple procedure). If the scratch test reveals a brown cambium, the tree/plant is dead or dying.