Semi Dwarf (S/D) trees may be held to a desired 6'-8'size by summer pruning and regular winter pruning. Average height without summer pruning is 12-18 feet.



Semi-Dwarf, no pollinizer required, chill hrs/200, bears late June. Large fruit. Greenish-yellow skin with a blush. Sweet & slightly tart. Eating, drying, baking. Self-fruitful, produces at an early age. Pollinize with Dorsett Golden for heavy production. Remarkable for So. Calif.

Beverly Hills

Semi-Dwarf, no pollinizer required, chill hrs/250, bears late June.  Medium sized. Yellow with red stripes. Crisp & juicy. Loves Southern California climate. Long time favorite.


Semi-dwarf, No pollinizer needed. Chill hrs/ 500. The flesh is firm, crisp & juicy, mildly tart. Green skin w/ dark red blush. From New Zealand. Keeps very well. Harvest Oct. to Nov. Self-fruitful.

Dorsett Golden

Semi-Dwarf, no pollinizer required, chill hrs/100, bears mid-June to early July. Medium to large fruit. Yellow with Orange-red blush. Smooth, crisp & sweet flavor with just a touch of tartness. Good pollinizer for Anna. Produces well in So. Cal.

Ein Sheimer

Semi-Dwarf, no pollinizer required, chill hrs/100, bears mid- June to early July. Large fruit. Bears young. Golden Delicious type & very productive. Crisp & tart. Good quality flesh. Larger fruit when planted with Anna.


Semi-Dwarf introduction from Japan has become #1 in most of the U.S.A. Self-fruitful & 300 chill hours. Sweet, very crisp & flavor that can run-down your arm! Ripe/mid-Sept. Excellent pollinizer for other apples.


Standard size. Crisp & rich flavor. A blend of sweetness & a touch of tart. A juicy taste treat! Skin is reddish / orange over yellow. A good pollinizer for other varieties. Ripens in mid August. 500 chill hrs. Self-fruitful.

Granny Smith

Semi-Dwarf from New Zealand needs 400/chill hours, thrives in hot climate. Large & green makes for a great all-purpose apple. Crisp & tart, excellent keeper. Good pollinizer for other apples. Requires long summer. Bears in August.

Pink Lady

Semi-Dwarf, no pollinizer required, chill hrs/400+, bears late October. A hot climate apple from Australia. Very crisp, sweet-tart distinct flavor. Good keeper. Skin is reddish-pink over green when ripe.

Scott's Favorite Apple Crisp

8 cups peeled, cored, & thinly sliced cooking apples.
1/2 cup sugar 
2 Tbsp flour    
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Gently mix apples with sugar, flour & cinnamon.

Crumble together:
1 cup old-fashioned Oats.
3/4 cups packed brown sugar.
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

Then stir in: 3/4 cup chopped pecans.
Sprinkle evenly over apples.

Bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender & topping is brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Serve warm or cool … topped with vanilla ice cream. Serves 9







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Specialty Fruit

Chill Hours

Cold chill hours can be a little confusing. Basically they are the number of hours below 45°F subtracting the number of hours above 60°F between the months of November and February.

If you live in or around any of these areas, your average chill hours are:

  • Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara: ± 300 Hours
  • San Fernando Valley, Fillmore, Simi Valley: ± 800 Hours or less
  • Santa Clarita, Lancaster: 800 Hours or more

There is no simple test for "Chill Hours" and they are calculated as an average. Each winter season differs in total chill hours accumulated, which can affect fruit production. Most of the fruit trees we carry at Otto & Sons are classified as low chill requirement and are better matched for our Southern California chill hours.