Pink Pearl
California 1944


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The Pink Pearl apple tree is a unique apple with distinctive pink flesh beneath translucent, pearly yellow skin, which sometimes also bears a light pink blush. The Pink Pearl apple tree was introduced in 1944 by the renowned California plant breeder Albert Etter. Not simply just a novelty, but a great tasting apple with firm flesh. Pink Pearl apples are tart to sweet-tart, depending on time of harvest. Pink Pearl apples are wonderful for baking, especially in open-topped tarts or in sauces where their pink color can really shine. They are also a good choice for eating fresh, whether alone of as part of a salad. Pink Pearl are harvested in late summer and don't last long in storage, so you'll need to be quick to enjoy this special summer apple. Blooms very attractive. One of our most popular varieties. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Pink Pearl and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm. 


CCOF Certified Organic:  Our apple trees (exception noted) grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, Certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO) species. Reg. #40-002449

Growing Considerations for Pink Pearl
California 1944

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Heirloom: Yes

Uses: Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Desserts / Pies, Red Fleshed

Harvest Period: Early

Low Chill: Yes

Bloom Period: Early

Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period

Origin Date: 1900`s

Storage: 3-4 weeks

Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)

Years to Bear: 2-4 years

Recommended Spacing: 12-16 ft.

Mature Size: 12-16 ft.

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Shape when Shipped: Feathered (prominent branching)

Size supplied when shipped:   Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2  to 3/4 inch;  *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Basic idea for Pruning:  Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...                                                             

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

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Patricia Smith
5 of 5 Stars
Bloomed and had 6 apples first year. Really glad I purchased as it is very tasty.
Suzette Mehl
5 of 5 Stars
I love this apple, it is beautiful to see and tastes great. We used to have one over on the NW side of Petaluma and it was a lovely apple to blend with the Gravensteins we also had for the most exquisite pale rose colored apple sauce. It also tasted so lip-smacking good! Tart and sweet all at the same time! I am so glad that Trees of Antiquity offer this tree. The one I got is just so healthy; I hope it likes its new home in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.


This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.