Can You Grow Pink Lady Apple Trees In South Dakota?

Pink Lady Apples on Treeby banderson0303

TheGardenLady received this question from Betty.

I was just wondering if you could grow pink lady apple trees in South Dakota. We love them apples and the store sells out as fast as they come in..

The Pink Lady apple that originates in Western Australia is a hot climate apple that grows in Temperature Zones 6 through 9. I don’t know if it is warm enough in South Dakota to grow Pink Lady apple trees. Please check your location for your temperature zone and if you are in zone 6 you can try; but if you are in a colder zone there are lots of apple trees you can grow. A list of apples for South Dakota can be found here or for northern states in general can be found here.  Also check out this site for temperature zones.

Those who live in areas warm enough to grow the Pink Lady apple tree can find them for sale on eBay or at some orchards like Willis Orchard or or Clifton Nursery.

Apple Tree Grafting


TheGardenLady received this question from Donna.

My dad has a yellow transparent apple tree he has had for 30 years and the last
few years it has started growing a differant kind of apple along with the
transparent apples .  He also has another yellow transparent that started
doing the same thing. What causes this?

TheGardenLady suspects that your father’s yellow transparent apple tree was grafted onto another apple rootstock and that it is sending up suckers with different apples.   Suckers are branches that grow from the base of the tree – up to 4 foot off the ground -and can come from the grafted root. But to do it after 30 years is unusual. You don’t want suckers so you should prune off any suckers.   See here.

However to be absolutely sure about what is happening to your father’s apple trees, send a photograph to Stark Bros. Nursery, a nursery that has been in business for 200 years and are authorities on the subject of fruit trees.  TheGardenLady wrote this post about the nursery.  You should send them a photo of the two different apples on the tree. Send the photo or photos by email to or to Stark Brothers P.O. Box 1800, Louisiana, Missouri 63353 and write a note about the problem you want solved. Or call them at 800.325.4180 to see what other information they need.

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