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Hidden Rose® apple trees

Malus domestica
Hidden Rose
Hidden Rose is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Very late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2
Hidden Rose is named for the unexpected pink flesh hidden behind the plain green skin.

Hidden Rose apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £60.50
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £34.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £34.95
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Fruit tree delivery to EuropeEU delivery
This variety is also available for delivery to Europe. Contact us for details.

Hidden Rose is named for the surprising pink flesh concealed behind the plain green skin.

It is one of the best flavoured of the American red-fleshed apple varieties, and (perhaps no coincidence) also one of the latest ripening. It can be stored for a few months too.

The flowers are a pretty candy-floss pink, similar to pink-blossomed flowering cherries, and the leaves are a conventional green colour. This puts Hidden Rose in the middle of the spectrum which runs from regular mainstream apples with white or light pink blossom, green leaves, and white or cream flesh, to the dark-fleshed crab apples which usually have very dark pink blossom and bronze leaves. 

History

Hidden Rose was named in 2001, but was discovered in the 1960s growing as a seedling tree near Airlie in Oregon, USA. It is still widely known by its original name - Airlie Red Flesh.

Hidden Rose characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Climate suitabilityMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingLight
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Food usesCulinaryJuice

Problems

  • Disease resistancePoor

Identification

  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Blossom colourPink
  • Fruit colourGreen - light
  • Flesh colourPink / Red

Similar varieties

  • Pendragon
    Pendragon is a red-fleshed dual-purpose apple from Cornwall.
  • See also Rosette
    Rosette
    Probably the best-flavoured of the pink-fleshed apple varieties, and produces lovely pink juice.
  • See also Surprize
    Surprize
    An unusual new apple variety with a unique combination of orange skin and pink flesh.
  • See also Tickled Pink
    Tickled Pink
    A new red-fleshed apple variety, with attractive crimson blossom, also known as Baya® Marisa.