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Cripps Red apple tree

Cripps Red

An increasingly popular new apple variety from Australia, closely related to Cripps Pink - but with arguably a superior flavor. Cripps Red apples are an attractive red color over a yellow background. An interesting choice for gardeners in warmer climate zones.

Cripps Red apple trees for california / south-west for sale

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Cripps Red prefers a southern climate with long hot summers. It has a slight tendency to become a biennial bearer (fruiting every other year) but this can be readily corrected by thinning the fruitlets in early June to prevent it over-cropping.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Cripps Red was developed in Australia in the late 20th century and is a sibling of Cripps Pink. It is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams.

Cripps Red characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Cooking resultKeeps shape
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirementLow-chill
  • Country of originAustralia
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorPink