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Tickled Pink Apple Tree

Dual Purpose Apple Trees
  • £69.99 (VAT Free)
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A dual-purpose apple tree with colourful red-fleshed apples. Tickled Pink Apple trees have a lot to offer, from the 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
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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.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.

MM106 (semi-vigorous)
4-5 metres (13-16 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards, individual specimen trees and espalier training. Our most popular rootstock for all but the very small garden.

M26 (semi-dwarf)
2.5-3 metres (8-9 feet) in 10 years - Ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to cordon training.

M9 (dwarf)
2-2.5 metres (6-8 feet) in 10 years - Perfect for tight spots and patio growing in containers, also well suited to training as a cordon.

M27 (very dwarf)
2 metres (6 feet) in 10 years - The smallest of the dwarf apple trees, M27 is ideal for growing in a pot and the smallest of gardens.

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 / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

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

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has 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 can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo 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:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification rootstock Root type typePrice Quantity Qty
Tickled Pink Apple rootstock: M27 (patio very-dwarf) Root type: 11.5L pot* type: 2 year old tree / 120-150cm Tickled Pink Apple Price £69.99 (VAT Free)
M27 (patio very-dwarf) 11.5L pot* 2 year old tree / 120-150cm £69.99 (VAT Free)
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