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Tickled Pink Apple Tree

Dual Purpose Apple Trees
  • £60 (VAT Free)

A dual-purpose apple tree with colourful red-fleshed apples. Tickled Pink Apple trees have a lot to offer, from the ornamental dark pink blossom in spring, to the unusual pinky-red flesh of the apples. The apples themselves are delicious and juicy eaten fresh. They are a good choice for cooking, retaining their shape and flavour. They can also be used for juicing, creating an unusual bright pink juice.

Tickled Pink Apple trees crop in late September and the apples store for around 3 months. A suitable pollination partner is needed for this heavy-cropping variety. It was introduced into the UK by the renowned grower Frank P Matthews where it is known as Tickled Pink, but in Germany it is registered as Baya® Marisa.

Tickled Pink apples were featured in the BBC's Great British Menu for the dessert final (2019).

AKA Malus Baya® Marisa

  • Use: Dessert, Cooking, Juicing
  • Cropping period: Late September
  • Keeping period: 3 months
  • Flavour:
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  • Height in 10 years*: M27 2m, M26 2.5-3m, MM106 4-5m

*Indication of the un-pruned height of this variety of apple tree on different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations will occur due to geography, pruning etc.

Planting Advice For Tickled Pink Apple Trees

Malus Baya® Marisa requires a pollination partner. If you wish to plant multiple fruit trees, you will need to take the rootstock into consideration. An apple tree on a MM106 (semi-vigorous) rootstock will require approx. 4.5 metres between trees, whereas one on a M27 (very dwarf) rootstock requires 1.5 metres between trees.

Our pot grown dual-purpose apple trees can be planted at any time of year, but bare root ones can only planted between November and March. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, then dig a hole as deep as the rootmass and twice as wide. To aid establishment, apply rootgrow.

Remove the pot, gently loosen roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil and 50% compost. Fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a stake and tie, along with a rabbit guard. Finish by watering around the base.

The Apple Tree Planting, Pruning & Care guide has more detailed information, along with videos on planting trees and using stakes and ties.

Watering & Aftercare Advice For Tickled Pink Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young fruit trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice For Tickled Pink Apple Trees

Pruning young apple trees for the first few years after planting ensures a healthy, goblet-like shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several side shoots. Straight after planting, you can remove the lowest laterals. Prune back other branches by between a third and half their length.

In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. This type of pruning should be carried out between November and March. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides detailed pruning advice.

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Delivery Times

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Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Rootstock Root type age fruit Price Quantity Qty
Tickled Pink Apple Rootstock: M27 (patio very-dwarf) Root type: 11.5L pot* age fruit: 2 year old tree / 120-150cm Tickled Pink Apple Price £60 (VAT Free)
M27 (patio very-dwarf) 11.5L pot* 2 year old tree / 120-150cm £60 (VAT Free)
Tickled Pink Apple Rootstock: M26 (semi-dwarf) Root type: 11.5L pot* age fruit: 2 year old tree / 120-150cm Tickled Pink Apple Price £60 (VAT Free)
M26 (semi-dwarf) 11.5L pot* 2 year old tree / 120-150cm £60 (VAT Free)
Tickled Pink Apple Rootstock: MM106 (semi-vigorous) Root type: 12L pot* age fruit: 2 year old tree / 150-190cm Tickled Pink Apple Price £60 (VAT Free)
MM106 (semi-vigorous) 12L pot* 2 year old tree / 150-190cm £60 (VAT Free)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)