Tickled Pink® Apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season (late September)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh | Cookery | Juicing 
  • Pollination partners

Baya® Marisa

Tickled Pink (Baya® Marisa) is a new dual-purpose apple variety with a remarkable and unusual red flesh. We worked alongside the Frank P. Matthews nursery in the West Midlands to introduce this new variety to the UK in 2011. It is amongst the best of the true red-fleshed apples for eating flavour.

On the tree the apples appear just like any other red apple, but cut one open and the striking red flesh is revealed. The flavour is tart but pleasantly mild, and the flesh is very juicy.

The blossom is a particularly attractive feature of this variety, being a deep solid crimson red - making it an excellent ornamental feature in the spring garden.

As you might expect Tickled Pink is also a useful apple for the kitchen. The slices keep their shape when cooked, and have an attractive pink colouring. The juice is also pink.

Tickled Pink featured in one of the dishes in the dessert finals of the BBC cookery programm 'Great British Menu' (series 14) in May 2019.

Tickled Pink® is a protected variety.

Tickled Pink apple trees for sale

Deliveries every week until the end of February

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - M26 rootstock  Baya® Marisa 25.90
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock  Baya® Marisa 25.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Tickled Pink


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit
  • Scab: Some resistance?


  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Good?
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?


  • Country of origin: Germany
  • Period of origin: 2000
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?


  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink is in flowering group 4. Tickled Pink is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Tickled Pink apple trees

Tickled Pink has been developed specifically for the commercial grower and amateur gardener and has greatly improved horticultural characteristics over some of the earlier red-fleshed apple varieties, including better scab tolerance.

The main thing to look out for is over-cropping, which can be addressed by thinning the fruitlets in June.

Historical details

Germany 2009. This variety is registered under the trademark name Baya® Marisa.

Tickled Pink® is a protected variety.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Tickled Pink'

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