Pink Lady® Apple Tree

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Why Grow a Pink Lady® Apple Tree?

Pink Lady® apples are enjoyed both for eating fresh and cooking. These trees, also known as Cripps or Cripps Pink, produce apples late in the growing season, making it a good choice for growing in warmer climates. It requires only 500-600 chill hours per year.

The fruit was developed in Australia and released for commercial production in 1989. Pink Lady® apple trees are a cross between Lady Williams and Golden Delicious, giving the fruit good storage characteristics and a sweet, crisp flavor. The Pink Lady Apple tree is characterized as a spur-bearing variety, producing fruit on short, compact branches known as spurs

The tree has beautiful white blossoms that develop mid-season. The apples ripen to a pretty, reddish pink with small, white dots.

Using Pink Lady® Apples

The fruit has a unique, balanced flavor—the first bite is tart, followed by just the right amount of sweet. It is delicious to eat fresh, but it is equally as good to use for cooking.

Chefs and home cooks enjoy the firm quality of this apple variety, using it for baking desserts where the apple retains its shape, like pies, tarts, and cakes. This apple variety is also an excellent choice for apple sauces and apple butters.

Apples are an excellent source of soluble fiber and are high in vitamin C. Additionally, they contain some vitamin A, calcium, iron, and boron. Apples are also a natural source of pectin.

How to Grow a Pink Lady® Apple Tree

Because the apples ripen late in the season in October, it is not a cultivar that does as well in far northern climates as many other apple varieties. However, it is cold-hardy and does require chill hours. Be sure to check the zone compatibility to determine if it is a good choice for your orchard.

Pink Lady® apple trees require full sun and neutral soil pH. See below for more tree characteristics and recommendations for cross-pollination.

Buy a Pink Lady® apple tree to enjoy the fresh fruit and bake delicious desserts, with a cultivar known for storing well.

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Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Chill Hours 500 - 600
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Late October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Tart
Texture Crunchy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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