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.


  • Pollination is one of the keys to profitable apple production. As a general rule, apple varieties are not self-fertile and will not set a full crop without a compatible polliniser.

  • Leading horticulture and medical researchers have teamed up to explore how ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and ways to breed new, healthier apples in Western Australia.

  • Thrips are small (1-2mm), slender insects, just visible to the naked eye which are an economic pest of pome and stone fruit.

  • 'Management of Medfly without cover sprays' is a three-year project jointly funded by Fruit West, Horticulture Australia Ltd, Summerfruit Australia, and the Department of Agriculture and Food, West

  • Some promising early results are emerging from the More Dollars per Drop apple demonstration site at the Lysters' orchard at Manjimup.

  • Symptoms of zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium deficiency are often seen in apple and pear trees in Western Australian orchards.

Filter by search

Filter by topic