Spring 2015 seasonPlease order now for delivery in spring 2015. 

Cripps Pink® Apple trees

  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Juicing 

Cripps Pink is an attractive modern apple variety from Australia. Its distinctive pink/red color and pleasant flavor make it an interesting variety for the gardener or home orchardist. The blossom is also notably attractive.

Although normally considered a variety for eating fresh, Cripps Pink is a good stewing apple - the dense chewy flesh softens nicely with cooking. It also produces a good plain apple juice with a primarily sweet flavor.

Cripps Pink is a good choice for apple growers in the southern states, as it is well-suited to areas with high summer temperatures and low winter-chill hours (however avoid growing it in areas prone to fireblight).

Cripps Pink® is a protected variety.

Shipping starts in March 2015.

Cripps Pink apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Cripps Pink

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer
    Mainly a spur-bearer.?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Very susceptible?
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust: Very susceptible?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Very late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for juice
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Pink / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Low-chill requirement
    ~600 hours / 27 days at less than 5C
  • USDA Zone 4: No
    Will grow but unlikely to ripen most years
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Cripps Pink

Cripps Pink is in flowering group 3. Cripps Pink is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other apple trees.

How to grow Cripps Pink apple trees

The key point about growing Cripps Pink is the climate of its birthplace - Western Australia. It likes long hot summers and the apples ripen very late. Cripps Pink also has a low winter-chill requirement, and retains its leaves well into the winter - a characteristic usually associated with tropical rather than temperate trees. In short this is a variety that is very well suited to the southern states.

Commercial growers get the maximum pink coloring by removing the topmost leaves in autumn to let the sunlight on to the apples, but home growers may find the pink color soon turns to a (nevertheless very attractive) flecked red color.

Cripps Pink is of average or weak vigour in cooler climates but may be more vigorous in warmer climates. It is susceptible to fireblight.

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Historical details

Cripps Pink was developed in the late 20th century in Western Australia. It is a cross between Golden Delicious and another Australian variety, Lady Williams. It is probably from Lady Williams that it gets its distinct colouring.

Cripps Pink® is a protected variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Cripps Pink'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for the south-eastern states, Apple trees for southern California



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