Pink Sparkle apple tree is thought to be one of Albert Etter's apples found in an old orchard near Whale Gulch, in Northern California by Ram and Marissa Fishman. The Pink Sparkle apple has a distinctive upside down shape, broad base narrow at the stem. Pink Sparkle apples develop a red striped skin when ripe, flesh is deep pink, but varies according to climate. Tart mildly sweet with distinctive aromatic flavor. Must be fully ripe for maximum sweetness and color. Please see below for further insight on our heirloom apple tree Pink Sparkle and discover additional consideration for selecting the appropriate fruit trees to buy for your home and small farm. Also known as Pink Pearmain.
Uses:Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Desserts / Pies, Red Fleshed
Pollination Requirement:Requires different variety with same bloom period
Origin Date: Humboldt County 1900's
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 Requirements: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped: Feathered and whips (few side 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.