Pome fruit

Apples, pears and nashis are the main pome fruits grown in Western Australia. There is significant production around the Perth Hills, Donnybrook and Manjimup. Smaller pockets are scattered in cooler areas from Perth to Albany.

Due to the varieties grown and high storage capacity, local apples are available all year round, pears from February to December and nashis from February to August. Most fruit is sold on local markets with some interstate and overseas sales.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s apple breeding program has produced some outstanding varieties grown internationally including Cripps Pink (Pink Lady™) and Cripps Red (Sundowner™). Other promising candidates are in the pipeline.


  • European red mite feeds on leaves of fruit trees especially apples. This can result in premature leaf fall which affects fruit tree vigour and fruit quality.

  • Apple dimpling bug (Campylomma liebknechti) adults feed on developing fruitlets of apples, pears, nashi pears and occasionally summerfruit (stone fruit) resulting in distortion that makes

  • Apple looper (Phrissogonus laticostata) is a native insect that damages fruit in apple orchards and vineyards in the South West of Western Australia.

  • Mites are one of the most consistent pests in deciduous fruit tree orchards in Western Australia. Over-reliance on miticides for control has led to pesticide resistance in some species.

  • Garden weevil (Phlyctinus callosus) was accidentally introduced into Western Australia from South Africa.

  • Horticulturalists in Western Australia are now able to apply for grants of up to $300 000 to install new or replace damaged netting, under the Commonwealth Government’s Horticultural Netting Infras

  • The Pome and Summer Fruit Orchard Spray Guide 2020-21 provides information on chemical products, both registered and those as minor use permits, to control insect, mite and mollusc pests, diseases

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and The University of Western Australia (UWA) are leading research into breeding flavonoid-rich apples – healthier apples for c

  • Drip irrigation is common in modern orchards. For this method of irrigation it is easier to use litres rather than the more traditional unit of millimetres when describing readily available water i

  • The European earwig (Forficula auricularia) is native to Europe and has been in Australia from the mid-1850s.

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