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Pink Pearl apple tree

Pink Pearl
Pink Pearl is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 1

Pink Pearl was one of the first pink-fleshed apples to become available, and is perhaps the best-known.

Although the apples can be eaten fresh, this is really a variety for the kitchen - the pink-flesh makes a distinctive difference for apple sauce or cider.


Pink Pearl apple trees for sale

You can pre-order for spring 2025

  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock

How to grow

Like many other red-fleshed varieties Pink Pearl flowers very early in the blossom season.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Pink Pearl was developed by Californian enthusiast Albert Etter in the 1940s. He was fascinated by the exotic red-fleshed crab-apple called Surprise, and spent decades trying to develop apples from it which retained the interestnig flesh colors but were more palatable. Pink Pearl is perhaps the most successful of his creations.

Pink Pearl characteristics

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group1
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesCulinaryJuiceHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistancePoor
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourPink / Red
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red

Similar varieties

  • See also Almata
    Almata is a red-fleshed apple, with an acidic flavor. The blossom is deep red.
  • See also Redfield
    An unusual apple / crab-apple cross, with distinctive red-flesh.