Cripps Pink apple trees

  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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.

Cripps Pink apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Cripps Pink apple trees bare-root
G.202 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

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.

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 characteristics


  • Picking season: Very late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor quality: Good
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Discoloring: Oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Cedar apple rust: Very susceptible
  • Fireblight: Very susceptible
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some susceptibility
  • Woolly aphid: Some susceptibility


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirement: Low-chill


  • Country of origin: Australia
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Pink