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Cripps Red apple tree

Cripps Red is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

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.

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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.

This is a low-chill variety, needing only about 300 chill hours per year.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

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
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Chill requirementLow-chill
  • Country of originAustralia
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorPink

Similar varieties

  • See also Cripps Pink
    Cripps Pink
    Closely related to Cripps Red, and also a low-chill variety.