Pink Lady Apple Tree Overview
As its name suggests, Pink Lady is a one of a kind pink-fruited apple tree whose fruit is often for sale in supermarkets. John Cripps developed this apple tree in Australia in the late 1900’s from its parents the Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. However, Pink Lady® is a trademark name, and the name of the variety is actually Cripps Pink. If the apple doesn’t meet the standards of Pink Lady, growers sell it as Cripps Pink instead.
This delicious apple is also a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, and iron, and pectin, which is good for digestion. Whether you want to make pies, salads, juices or just have a snack, they are not only healthy but delicious!
Pink Lady grows best in hot climates with a long growing period, such as USA and Australia. Moreover it needs strong sunlight in the fall in order for the pink color to form. In order for the sunlight to penetrate, you could remove the top-most leaves of the tree. However the fruit from the early years may not be as great as those in later years, much like other apple trees. Pink Lady® is also moderately vigourous.
- Uses: Eat fresh. Wonderful also in sauces and juices.
- Taste: Sweet/crisp. A very sweet and juicy flavor!
- Size: Small to medium
- Color: Base of green yellow with a beautiful pink flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 5-9
- Disease resistance
- Scab – Some susceptibility
- Mildew – Some susceptibility
- Fireblight – Very susceptible
- Cedar apple rust – Very susceptible
- Harvest period: 4, late
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross Pollinates with: Enterprise, Galarina™, Honeycrisp, Pristine, Sansa to name a few
- Cultivation: This apple tree is precocious and bears fruit within a couple of years. Additionally, it has moderate vigour.
- Storage: You can store for up to one month without it losing its flavor.