Pink Lady Apples (Malus domestica)

Pink Lady® apples are a variety of the Malus Domestica species, that was developed in Australia, and are also commonly known as Cripps Pink.

The apple is named for its pinkish blush over a yellow background. The fruit is medium in size and conical in shape, and the fine-grained flesh of this apple is crisp and crunchy, and it does not brown easily after being cut.

pink lady apples on tree
Botanical name: Malus domestica
Common name: Apple ‘Pink Lady®’
Family: Malus
Plant Type: Fruit, Tree
Season of Interest: Fall, Spring, Summer
Common Diseases:Apple and pear canker, Apple scab
USDA Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9
UK Hardiness:H4
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3m – 9m (10ft – 30ft)
Spread: 3m – 4.5m (10ft – 15ft)
Soil Type: Loam, Clay, Sand
Soil PH: Neutral
Water Needs: Average

What are Pink Lady Apples?

The Pink Lady® apple is a late-season variety that ripens in September.

The Pink Lady® apple is a crisp and crunchy variety with a sweet-tart flavor that is sure to please.

Top Tips To Grow Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady® Apples are among those more difficult to grow at home. They thrive in mild, temperate areas with a long growing season. And can be planted in USDA Zones 6-9.

It is essential to wait until the apples are fully ripe to get the best flavor. For the pink coloration to develop, strong sunlight in autumn is vital.

Growers may remove the topmost leaves of the trees to allow light to penetrate the canopy.

Pink Lady® Apple Recipes

Delicious recipes using Pink Lady Apples:

Pink Lady® is a trademark of Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL).

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