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Sundowner® apple



Sundowner® is the lesser-known sibling of Pink Lady®.  On this website we tend to use the term "sibling" when talking about apple varieties with common parents.  However unlike human children, apple siblings are nearly always raised in separate places by different growers, maybe decades or even centuries apart.  However Pink Lady® and Sundowner® really are siblings - not only do they share the same parentage - Golden Delicious and Lady Williams - but they were developed at the same time by the same fruit breeder, John Cripps of Western Australia.  Pink Lady® and Sundowner® are trademarks - the actual variety names are Cripps Pink and Cripps Red respectively.

Sundowner® is very much a warm-climate apple.  That means it needs long hot summers to ripen, but it also has a low-chill requirement so it can tolerate winters where temperatures are rarely below freezing.  (Apples originated in mountainous central Asia and need a period of very cold weather each winter as part of their annual growing cycle).

Sundowner® does not have the distinctive pink blush of Pink Lady®, being a more conventional "bi-coloured" red apple.  The flavour is less delicate than Pink Lady®, and slightly more distinctive - in this respect it is probably the better apple.

Although primarily an apple for eating fresh, Sundowner® can be used in the kitchen - it keeps its shape when cooked. For an example see this recipe for Rustic Apple Tart.

Last updated 24 Dec 2012.

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Current rating: 4.5 out of 5. Total votes cast: 6
 

Visitor comments

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14 Jul 2013 
Just had one labeled Joya from a Waitrose in London. S. African origin. Juicy and sweet, not as tart a Cripp's Pink. Browns readily.


14 Apr 2012 
this one really needs a period of cold storage first before it is at its best taste which is rarely straight off the tree. The trademark is being changed from Sundowner(R) to JOYA(R)


16 Nov 2011 
I'm eating one right now, it's super delicious. I can feel the juices dripping down my chin. Munch, munch.


09 Mar 2011 
I beleive I have a Sundowner apple tree that I bought from an Asian man years ago. The fruit is really tasty, and ripens in December-January. I need to spray it heavily, though, to avoid coddling moth infestation when it is flowering. Can you suggest a good spray that is organic? My gardening book suggest malithion and that is what I have been spraying. Thanks!Cathy Miller


12 Dec 2010 
New to Sundowner apples, which we bought at our local farm market yesterday. SUPERB fresh eating apple! Crisp, juicy, tart-sweet, incredible. (But the sellers had the genetic history all wrong...thought they were a cross between Pink Ladies & Fujis.) Baked a simple rustic apple tart last night with two leaving the skins on the thin slices. Will say they bake beautifully, retaining their shape...and don't turn to mush. Also, THANKS for this site! I've been doing a series of apple articles on www.FigsWithBri.com (my food blog) and come to Orange Pippin often for background info. I'm a wanna-be home orchardist in an apple growing county.


28 Aug 2010 
Hi, Missing Sundowner this year Tesco dont have them where can I buy them?, roll on november then Kansi appear Cheers Alan


26 Apr 2010 
I get Sundowners at our local farmers market. They are wonderfully crisp, slightly tart and keep better than any apple I've ever eaten. after 2-3 weeks at room temperature the Sundowner still retains a good deal of crispness. I wish I could find bare root Sundowners so I could grow them


14 Oct 2009 
I love Sundowners. I wish you could get them organic in Irish supermarkets though.


16 Mar 2009 
They rule, its the best apple iv'e ever had...



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A late-season apple from Australia, whose varietal name is Cripps Red and which is related to Pink Lady®.

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Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Golden Delicious and Lady Williams
  • Originates from: Western Australia, Australia
  • Introduced: 1970s
  • Developed by: John Cripps
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1209

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Red / Green

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Keeps shape
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Very-Late season
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more

Growing

  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Average Requires a warm climate
  • General disease resistance: Average

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates The tree should grow but the apples may not ripen
  • Chilling: Low-chill

Disease resistance

  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility

Pests

  • Woolly aphid  - Some susceptibility

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